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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 06/ 3/2010

Spelling bee kicks off with 'serendipity'

By Washington Post editors

The spellers have taken the stage for the 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.

Fourteen-year-old Allison Black of Ider, Ala., started things off Thursday morning by approaching the microphone and correctly spelling "serendipity."

The 273 spellers from around the world are vying for the winner's trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. The champion will be crowned Friday night on prime-time national television.

Thursday's competition consists of two rounds. The results will be combined with Wednesday's written test to determine the semifinalists.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
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