PORTLAND, ME – MARCH 24: Colin Aponte, an eighth-grader at Downeast Homeschool Coop, reacts as his final opponent, Moriah Reusch, a seventh-grader from Mt. Blue Middle School, mispells a word. Aponte won ion the next turn by properly spelling “crescendo.” Champions from 14 Maine counties competed for the chance to represent the state at the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (Staff photo by Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer)

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