Yesterday was the culmination of hours of hard work and studying at the Scribbs National Spelling Bee. Before Arvind Mahankali won the title of champion (like a bawse, it's worth noting), kids from across the country came together to experience some extreme competition.

Since they haven't yet programmed themselves to bury all their emotions inside like a healthy adult, there are lots of amazing photos of these kids showing what they feel. Excitement, anxiety, possibly boredom -- it's all there. Here are some of the more intense photos from yesterday's competition.

Excitedly
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Spelling Bee
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Trying
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Incorrect
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Intense Face
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Worried Look
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Blonde Kid
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Waiting
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Misspell
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