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2013 Spelling Bee

Bryce Tasso exults as he correctly spells "neuropathy" to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage. He first correctly spelled "geanticline" to gain the advantage over his fellow finalists before following up with his winner.
Erik Hill
Vitalia Strait of Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Abigail FitzGibbon of Blatchley Middle School in Sitka competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Emily O'Malley of Central Middle School in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Adrien Tamondong of Denali Montessori in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Andrew Dilley of Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School in Juneau competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Lian Lincoln of Goldenview Middle School in Anchorage is pleased after correctly spelling "academese" to continue on in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Mary Tappel of HOly Rosary Academy in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Heidi Watkins of Huffman Elementary in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Hannah Hess of IDEA-KENAI and Soldotna competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Tahtianna Tupua of Iditarod Elementary in Wasilla competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Kiani Kalander of Mat-Su Central School in Wasilla competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Folau Holi of Orion Elementary in Anchorage looks around as she ponders the word "ululation" at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Lynn Hallquist serves as pronouncer at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Livia Putzel of Anchor Lutheran School in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Jullianna O'Carroll of College Gate Elementary in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Nichole Bearden of Gruening Middle School in Eagle River competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Alex Courtney of Midnight Sun Family Learning Center in Wasilla ponders the word "brucellosis" at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Katrina Beaudin of Romig Middle School in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Samuel Dunny of Wasilla Middle School competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Judges Janet Steinhauser, Jordan Eastman and Mike Dunham volunteer time at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Fifth grader Christopher Hubbard of Aurora Elementary in Anchorage spells his way to a runner-up finish in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Eventual champion Bryce Tasso contemplates the word "geanticline" at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Eventual champion Bryce Tasso celebrates successfully spelling the word "geanticline" at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Carrie McCrorie of Mears Middle School in Anchorage spells her way to a top-three finish at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso exults as he correctly spells "neuropathy" to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso exults as he correctly spells "neuropathy" to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso exults as he correctly spells "neuropathy" to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso exults and event coordinator Joy Guest applauds as he correctly spells "neuropathy" to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Event sponsor Scott Janssen of Janssen Funeral Homes congratulates all spellers at the conclusion of the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage. Janssen had his own competition coming as as an Iditarod musher, but took time to address the students before and after their event.
Erik Hill
Scott Janssen of sponsor Janssen Funeral Homes congratulates Carrie McCrorie on her top-three finish at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Christopher Hubbard of Aurora Elementary in Anchorage receives his runner-up award from sponsor Scott Janssen at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Christopher Hubbard of Aurora Elementary in Anchorage receives his runner-up award from sponsor Scott Janssen at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso of Eagle Academy Charter School in Eagle River receives his award from sponsor Scott Janssen at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Champion Bryce Tasso of Eagle Academy Charter School in Eagle River poses with dad Robert, left, and sponsor Scott Janssen at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso exults as he correctly spells "neuropathy" to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage. He first correctly spelled "geanticline" to gain the advantage over his fellow finalists before following up with his winner.
Erik Hill
Vitalia Strait of Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Abigail FitzGibbon of Blatchley Middle School in Sitka competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Emily O'Malley of Central Middle School in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Adrien Tamondong of Denali Montessori in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Andrew Dilley of Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School in Juneau competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Lian Lincoln of Goldenview Middle School in Anchorage is pleased after correctly spelling "academese" to continue on in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Mary Tappel of HOly Rosary Academy in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Heidi Watkins of Huffman Elementary in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Hannah Hess of IDEA-KENAI and Soldotna competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Tahtianna Tupua of Iditarod Elementary in Wasilla competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Kiani Kalander of Mat-Su Central School in Wasilla competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Folau Holi of Orion Elementary in Anchorage looks around as she ponders the word "ululation" at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Lynn Hallquist serves as pronouncer at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Livia Putzel of Anchor Lutheran School in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Jullianna O'Carroll of College Gate Elementary in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Nichole Bearden of Gruening Middle School in Eagle River competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Alex Courtney of Midnight Sun Family Learning Center in Wasilla ponders the word "brucellosis" at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Katrina Beaudin of Romig Middle School in Anchorage competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Samuel Dunny of Wasilla Middle School competes in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Judges Janet Steinhauser, Jordan Eastman and Mike Dunham volunteer time at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Fifth grader Christopher Hubbard of Aurora Elementary in Anchorage spells his way to a runner-up finish in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Eventual champion Bryce Tasso contemplates the word "geanticline" at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Eventual champion Bryce Tasso celebrates successfully spelling the word "geanticline" at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Carrie McCrorie of Mears Middle School in Anchorage spells her way to a top-three finish at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso exults as he correctly spells "neuropathy" to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso exults as he correctly spells "neuropathy" to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso exults as he correctly spells "neuropathy" to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso exults and event coordinator Joy Guest applauds as he correctly spells "neuropathy" to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Event sponsor Scott Janssen of Janssen Funeral Homes congratulates all spellers at the conclusion of the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage. Janssen had his own competition coming as as an Iditarod musher, but took time to address the students before and after their event.
Erik Hill
Scott Janssen of sponsor Janssen Funeral Homes congratulates Carrie McCrorie on her top-three finish at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Christopher Hubbard of Aurora Elementary in Anchorage receives his runner-up award from sponsor Scott Janssen at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Christopher Hubbard of Aurora Elementary in Anchorage receives his runner-up award from sponsor Scott Janssen at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Bryce Tasso of Eagle Academy Charter School in Eagle River receives his award from sponsor Scott Janssen at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Champion Bryce Tasso of Eagle Academy Charter School in Eagle River poses with dad Robert, left, and sponsor Scott Janssen at the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1, 2013 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
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