The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Last night, Queens' own Arvind Mahankali, 13, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling "knaidel," a Yiddish word for a kind of dumpling. (Mahankali had twice lost in the finals on Germanic words.) But Mahankali wasn't the only star—nearly every kid on the stage had presence. And good "concentration" faces.

Below, the best and cutest of this year's spelling faces—from the closed-eyes-screwed-up-mouth of concentration to the wry shrug of defeat.

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Osvaldo Sanchez of Bakersfield, Calif. waits for his turn during the third round of the National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. Sanchez spelled the word "oligarchic" correctly. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Katie Peterson of Palm Desert, California, thinks as she participates in the round two. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Rachael Cundey, of Evans, Ga., spells the word "lokshen" correctly during the second round of the National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Giabao Tonthat of Escondido, California, participates in the round two. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Sophia Limacher of Seattle, Washington, reacts after she misspelled her word in the round five. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Marguerite Arbogast, 13, of Ludington Mich., spells her word during the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Christopher O'Connor, representing Arizona, spells a word during the semifinal round. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Bryce Tasso, of Eagle River, Alaska spells the word "shrieval" correctly during the second round of the National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Zerin Wetzel of Fort Irwin, Calif., reacts after spelling the word "commissar" incorrectly during the second round of the National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Mary Geneve Skirvin of Nashville, Indiana, tries to spell her word during round five. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Victoria Allen of Green River, Wyo. pauses as she spells the word "alim" correctly during the second round of the National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Chetan G. Reddy, representing Texas, reacts after misspelling a word during the championship round. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Vanya Shivashankar, representing Kansas, waits for a word to spell during the championship round. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Mollie J. Symons of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, smiles as she participates in the round two. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Jonathan Caldwell, representing Tennessee, reacts to misspelling a word during the semifinal round. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)The Spelling Faces of the Scripps National Spelling BeeEboseremhen Eigbe of Galloway, New Jersey, tries to spell a word in the round three. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)