Arvind Mahankali
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Spelling Bee: Can your 13-year-old spell cyanophycean?

31 May 2013 Last updated at 11:39 BST

Nerves of steel were needed for the live final of the US National Spelling Bee which saw two 13-year-olds compete for a $30,000 (£19,748) prize.

Arvind Mahankali from New York took on Pranav Sivakumar from Tower Lakes, Illinois, in a contest that has seen Arvind come third in the last two years.

Anna Boyd reports.