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Union Leader Spelling BeeThe 65th annual New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee on Feb. 24 was a long and memorable one with Amanda Medina, 13, of Lee prevailing in the 25th round over Adithya Puninchittaya, 12, of Bedford.

Amanda Medina poses with Pam and Calvin Goude of the New Hampshire Elks Association after she won the preliminary competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader Staff)
Amanda Medina spells the word Caodaism, an Indo-Chinese religion, for the win, in the preliminary competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader Staff)
Amanda Medina is all smiles after learning she won with the word Caodaism, an Indo-Chinese religion, in the preliminary competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader Staff)
Amanda Medina, holding her trophy, won the Union Leader Spelling Bee on Saturday. She now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader Staff)
Adithya Puninchittaya, 12, of Bedford, was the runner up in the preliminary competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader Staff)
Dylan Wu, 10, of Windham spells a word in the preliminary competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader Staff)
Cecilia Mello, 13, of Northwood, winces as she spells in the preliminary competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader Staff)
Olivia Annunziata-Blaisdell, 10, plays Bananagrams with Greta Brunelle, 11, on the floor after being eliminated in the spelling bee preliminary competition. They both live in Portsmouth. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader Staff)