Eighth-grader Sameer Mishra, 13, on Friday won the Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word "guerdon," which means a reward that one has earned or gained. Sameer, who twice finished in the top 20 spellers, was tutored by his older sister, who competed in the tournament three times. The bee has become increasingly popular in the last decade, and preteens sought out judges, previous winners and even fellow spellers for autographs.

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