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Arvind Mahankali, 13, wins National Spelling Bee

Published 05/30/2013, Associated Press

After years of heartbreakingly close calls, Arvind Mahankali conquered his nemesis, German, to become the champion speller in the English language. The 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, N.Y., correctly spelled "knaidel" to win the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night.

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