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Georgia State Spelling Bee 

A Marist School student took home the top prize after 4th-8th grade spellers from all over the state battled to the phonetic end.

More on the winner.

(Photos by Joeff Davis)

Noah Weinrich of Learning Grove Home School in Oconee yawns during the March 19 annual Georgia Spelling Bee at Georgia State University. Weinrich finished second in the single elimination competition which lasted over two and a half hours.
Jaire David Duncan from Memorial Middle school in Rockdale looks towards pronouncer John Pruitt as he delivers a word for her to spell.
Shruthi Santhanam from Suwanee Elementary in Gwinnett looks up while spelling a word during the state spelling bee at Georgia State University.
Matthew Huff sleeps on the floor of the Georgia State University ballroom. Huff's brother competed in the state spelling bee.
The state Spelling Cee consists of kids ranging from 4th to 8th grade competing against each other. Once a student spelled a word wrong they were eliminated.
Spelling Bee judges consult a dictionary after a protest about whether the words Briton and Britain were homonyms as the pronouncer had said when giving the word, which was misspelled. After consulting the dictionary the words were found to be homonyms and the speller who had spelled it incorrectly was eliminated.
Noah Weinrich from Learning Grove Home School in Oconee bows his head after correctly spelling a word to move into the final round. He finished second in the competition, misspelling the word Pansit in the final round.
The final three of the 2010 Georgia State Bee. This year's Georgia state champion Julia Denniss from Marist School in Dunwoody is at the microphone.
This year's Georgia state champion Julia Denniss from Marist School in Dunwoody is presented with a check for her victory.
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Noah Weinrich of Learning Grove Home School in Oconee yawns during the March 19 annual Georgia Spelling Bee at Georgia State University. Weinrich finished second in the single elimination competition which lasted over two and a half hours.
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