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Scripps Nat'l Spelling Bee contestant's confidence shines through defeat

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A colorful Scripps Spelling Bee semifinalist spells words with exuberance, even when he misses one. (Source: ESPN 2/CNN) A colorful Scripps Spelling Bee semifinalist spells words with exuberance, even when he misses one. (Source: ESPN 2/CNN)

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (ESPN 2/CNN/RNN) – Students from across the country competed in the Scripps Annual National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.

Jacob Williamson, the animated 15-year-old eighth grader, competed through the semifinals Thursday.

His show of enthusiasm was apparent in asking the official pronouncer, 1980 National Spelling Bee Champ Dr. Jacques Bailey, to "please give him a word I know."

Williamson is from Cape Coral, FL. He moved on to the finals in this year's finals, but missed out on the word kabaragoya, to which that reaction immediately went viral.

Contestants in the spelling bee must be 15 or younger and in the eighth grade or lower.

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