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Winner to be chosen in national spelling bee
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Washington-AP -- The best speller in the country will be determined in Washington today at the 77th annual Scrips National Spelling Bee.

The oral portion of the contest got under way yesterday with 256 contestants taking the stage. Of those, 191 spelled their first word correctly.

Nobody was directly eliminated for a wrong spelling yesterday but accuracy was still important. Finalists for today's round were selected using a point system based on their combined oral and written scores.

Today, incorrect spellers will be eliminated.

The winner gets a prize package including 17-thousand dollars in cash and an engraved Spelling Bee cup.

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