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Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 8:22 pm | Updated: 2:44 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Cool and collected, Kavya Shivashankar wrote out every word on her palm and always ended with a smile. The 13-year-old Kansas girl saved the biggest smile for last, when she rattled off the letters to "Laodicean" to become the nation's spelling champion.

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