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Spelling Bee Contestant Is Overjoyed After Making Finals

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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2014

When you finally achieve something that you've worked so hard for, it can be hard to control your emotions.

Making it to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is quite an accomplishment, as only 12 kids make it to that point each year.

Fifteen-year-old Jacob Williamson had to be a little bit nervous as he watched 10 kids get their names called on Thursday. With only two spots in the finals remaining, tension was building on the stage.

Finally, Williamson heard his name called. All of the teen's hard work paid off, so he celebrated—by shrieking and collapsing with joy. His smile says it all.

Congrats to Jacob and all the finalists for the achievement. The finals will be aired on ESPN Thursday night.

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