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Scripps National Spelling Bee 2013 stage.

Scripps National Spelling Bee 2013 stage.

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Chatsworth, Irvine eighth-graders seek to advance in spelling bee

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Rebecca Baron, an eighth-grader at Chatsworth Hills Academy, and Alan Chi, an eighth-grader at Sierra Vista Middle School in Irvine, are among the 281 students competing today in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., which has incorporated vocabulary questions for the first time.