Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

This week, 281 smartie pantses (I'm sure one of them knows how to properly pluralize that) between the ages of 8 and 15 from across the country competed in the rounds leading up to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Here are some of their adorable, smart faces.

Semifinals of the bee were held today in the Washington, DC area. According to the Scripps website, the youngest contestant is 8-year-old South Carolina second grader Hussain Godhrawhala. Most contestants are between 12 and 14, nearly half speak more than one language, and more than half of the contestants are girls. Hooray for spelling!

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Sai Vishudhi Chandrasekhar of Flushing, N.Y (AP)

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Jacob Daniel Williamson of Cape Coral, Florida (Getty)

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Alexandra Harper, of Guayama, Puerto Rico (AP)

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Ed Horan of Hoboken, N.J. (AP)

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Jae Canetti, 12, of Fairfax, Va (AP)

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Jennifer M. Tennant, 13, of Father Andrew White S.J. School, Leonardtown, Md. (AP)

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Eighth grader Chythanya Murali, 13, of LISA Academy West, Little Rock, Ark (AP)

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Tajaun Gibbison of Mandeville, Jamaica; Dylan O'Connor of Alexandria Bay, New York; Tea Freedman Susskind of Redmond, Washington; and Ankita Vadiala of Manassas, Virginia celebrate after advancing to the semifinals (Getty)

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Shayley Grace Martin of Virginia reacts after spelling a word correctly.

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Amber Robinson of Miami, FL (AP)

Adorable Thinkfaces of the National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Madeline Rickert of Minot, North Dakota/ heretofore power animal to all.

Finals air tonight live on ESPN at 8 PM EST.