2014 Broward Miami Herald Spelling Bee

  • St. Coleman student Jillian Malinsky closes her eyes as she tries to spell a word correctly. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Parents and middle school students gather for the Broward Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Hawwa Shahid, who attends Salah Tawfik, competes in the spelling bee. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Parents and middle school students gather for the Broward Miami Herald Spelling Bee as contestants gather onstage on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Hawwa Shahid, who attends Salah Tawfik, competes in the spelling bee. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jaza Shahid, left, watches as her sister Hawwa, 10, competes in the spelling bee. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Walter C. Young Middle student Aditya Singh competes in the spelling bee. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Walter C. Young Middle student Aditya Singh competes in the spelling bee. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sunrise Middle student Jennifer Garcia competes in the spelling bee, ultimately placing third. Broward Middle School students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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  • Parent Kriss Llewellyn applauds as her daughter advances in the spelling bee. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Middle school student Sveta Harris tries to spell a word out on her hand. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Tamar Lilienthal, left, gives competitor Sveta Harris five as she advances to the next round. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Middle school student Sveta Harris takes a deep breath after getting the spelling of a word correct. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Middle school student Sveta Harris smiles with relief after getting the spelling of a word correct. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Hearts Homeschool Group student Kaitlyn Tully stops to think of the proper spelling of a word. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Olsen Middle School student Brianna Thorpe thinks hard during the spelling bee. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Hollywood resident Kriss Llewellyn, right, reacts after her daughter, Brianna Thorpe, advances to the next round. Broward middle school students competed in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with the winner advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Dylan Olster, right, takes a moment to spell his word as Jennifer Garcia and Paul Donnelly look on. The three students went 28 rounds before Olster won the bee, spelling “suffragette” correctly. Middle school students competed in the Broward Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Pembroke Pines Charter-West middle school teacher Karina Raimont, left, reacts after her student Dylan Olster gives the correct spelling for the word "suffragette" as his mother, Lisa Olster, right, texts his siblings the good news on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Olster won the Broward Miami Herald Spelling Bee, advancing to Washington D.C. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Pembroke Pines Charter-West middle school teacher Karina Raimont, left, leans in as Lisa Olster, right, texts her daughters regarding her son Dylan Olster‘s victory at the Broward Miami Herald Spelling Bee. Middle school students competed in the spelling bee on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF