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  • First graders compete during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. Gwen Fleming started the Spelling Bee 11 years ago as a fun way to help children improve their reading.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Corea Charleswell, 8, spells a word during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. She won first place for the second grade group.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • First grade spelling bee contestants, Dejah Holloway, and Sannan Tate relax and read while waiting to compete during the spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. Gwen Fleming started the Spelling Bee 11 years ago as a fun way to help children improve their reading.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • First grader, Gabriel Hernandez competes during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Natalie Colley applauds correct spelling during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • From left, second graders, Derrll Westbrook, Amaya Pernell and Cheng Yeng Vang wait their turn to compete during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • First grader, Jade Lewis, competes during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Tia Archie spells a word during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. Gwen Fleming started the Spelling Bee 11 years ago as a fun way to help children improve their reading.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Judges keep track of correct and incorrectly spelled words during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. At left is Matthew Bryant, and seated next to him is Natalie Colley.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Jason Stuart of Sacramento, records his daughter, Zoey Ross, 8, as she spells a word during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. Zoey won second place in the second grade group.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • First grader, Melyona Vribe, competes during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • First grader Sannan Tate reacts to misspelling a word during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. The children were each allowed three misses before they were out.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Tia Archie reads a book under a chair after competing in a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. Gwen Fleming started the Spelling Bee 11 years ago as a fun way to help children improve their reading.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Gwen Fleming orchestrates a photograph with the top three winners in the second grade group during a spelling bee held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. From left is third place winner, Amaya Pernell, 7, second place winner, Zoey Ross, 8, and first place winner, Corea Charleswell, 8. Fleming started the Spelling Bee 11 years ago as a fun way to help children improve their reading.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • Spelling bee winners, from left is third place winner, Amaya Pernell, 7, second place winner, Zoey Ross, 8, and first place winner, Corea Charleswell, 8. Behind them, dressed as a bee is Kyla More, 11. The spelling bee is held at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
  • A first place trophy will be awarded to a spelling bee winner at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Sacramento, Calif., July 18, 2013. Gwen Fleming started the Spelling Bee 11 years ago as a fun way to help children improve their reading.
    Autumn Payne | apayne@sacbee.com
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