Jennifer Tenant of Hollywood, Maryland was in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee last week along with many other students. There were two winners this year - Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe (the last time this occurred was 1962). In this image of Ms. Tenant from the second round there are several classic body language tells.
One obvious signal is her "Fingers Forward Arms Akimbo" (aka Thumbs Backward Arms Akimbo). This is a common alpha signal and can also indicate a confident readiness. Her elbows vectored even more forward than typical here is a nonverbal modifier which dials-up her alpha display even further. Ms. Tenant feels very confident in her ability to spell the word correctly. What does Fingers Backward Arms Akimbo indicate?
Note also her slight mouth asymmetry with her lips pushed subtly to her left (with accompanying chin dimpling). This nonverbal sign is an example of a "Lateral Lip Purse" indicating open (non-clandestine) decision making (Don't confuse this with a Forward Lip Purse).
In addition, this spelling bee participant is "Looking Up to her Right". This is a very common (~95% of right hand dominant individuals) field of gaze momentarily looked to when visually constructing something in the mind's eye. This could something in the future, events of past not witnessed - or as she is here she - constructing a word.
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