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Zerin Wetzel of Fort Irwin, Calif., reacts during round two of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 29, 2013 at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Zerin Wetzel of Fort Irwin, Calif., reacts during round two of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 29, 2013 at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  

Ten tough words and the kids who spelled them at the Scripps Spelling Bee

We’ve always had serious respect for (read: been really jealous of) the tiny competitors of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But this year those smarties had their work cut out for them.

Scripps introduced a vocabulary component of its annual Bee, which required competitors take a private vocabulary test before they began spelling. (RELATED: Spelling isn’t enough anymore for Bee contestants)

The competition wrapped up Thursday night, giving us a chance to look back on the tough words that stumped some of this year’s contestants.

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  • Mollie J. Symons of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, smiles after she correctly spelled the word "charpoy" in the round. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Dylan O'Connor of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., celebrates after he correctly spelled the word "acervation." (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Mollie J. Symons of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, returns to her seat after she correctly spelled the word ombrology. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Sterling Hollond of Linwood, Kan., misspelled the word "febrility" and was eliminated from the competition. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Hannah Silvestro of Chino, Calif., misspelled the word "quadragenarian." (Photo: /Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Abram Mikhaeel Goda, left of Bridgeport, Conn., hi-fives with Himanvi Kopuri, right, of Denver, Colo., after he correctly spelled the word "nomenclative." (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Rebecca Lisk of Caledonia, Ill., celebrates after she correctly spelled the word "brankursine." (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Zerin Wetzel of Fort Irwin, Calif., misspelled the word "commissar" and was eliminated from the contest. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • "Meiosis" stumped Eboseremhen Eigbe of Galloway, N.J. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Alexander Schembra of Lillington, N.C., couldn't work out "Beethovenian" in round three of the Bee. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)

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