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7 Female Spelling Bee Champs: Where Are They Now?

Two contestants were declared winners Thursday at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee: Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, and Vanya Shivashankar, 13.

Over the competition's 90-year history, there's been a large number of challenging words and talented spellers who've fearlessly taken them on.

In 1926, Pauline Bell became the first female winner when she correctly spelled the word "cerise." Luckily, she wasn't the last. Girls have definitely dominated the "bee" throughout the years.

Check out some of these former National Spelling Bee champions in the gallery above to find out what they're up to today. 

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