The Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy sits in wait for a winner at the start of the second round of competition in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

PHOTOS: 2013 National Spelling Bee

This year, 281 spellers compete for the title of 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. Check out some of the highlights in this photo…