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'I won?': 4 decades of spelling bee champs react

Published: Friday, May 30 2014 11:42 a.m. MDT

In this June 14, 1973, file photo, Barrie Trinkle, 13, of Ft. Worth, Texas, reacts as she wins the 46th Annual National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. She spelled "onomastica" to eliminate her last competitor and spelled "vouchsafe" to clinch the title.

Bob Daugherty, File, Associated Press

Unbridled jubilation. That's the emotion most displayed when champions are crowned for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Some will raise their trophies high in the air. Others will cover their mouths in shock. Still more will bow their heads in disbelief. One literally leaped for joy.

Here are four decades worth of images chronicling reactions to being the best speller in the land.

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