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Spelling Bee Champion: Snigdha Nandipati spells out “guetapens” (Video)

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Snigdha Nandipati spells out “guetapens” correctly, a French-derived word that means ambush, trap or snare. Snigdha beats eight other 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee finalists and declared as the National Spelling Bee Champion, according to reports of several international news sites on Thursday, May 31, 2012.

Snigdha Nandipati Spelling Bee Champion

Image Credit: National Spelling Bee official website

The 14-years-old Snigdha Nandipati, 8th grader of Francis Parker School from San Diego, California wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee after she spells out the word “guatapens” correctly during the finals in Oxon Hill, Md. Snigdha receives a cash prize more than $40,000 in cash, trophy, scholarship and other prizes.

Snigdha said in an interview after the completion, “I knew it. I’d seen it before,” “I just wanted to ask everything I could before I started spelling.”

Snigdha dreams to become a psychiatrist or a neurosurgeon someday.


2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion Snigdha Nandipati
Video Credit: AP

Hundreds of children from different U.S. states, including Snigdha with a total of 278 contestants. A Six-year-old speller also joins this year’s competition, Lori Anne Madison, from Woodbridge, Virginia, and she is the youngest speller on record with the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Championship finalist complete results posted below (credited to National Spelling Bee official website).

Snigdha Nandipati, 1st place
Sponsor: U-T San Diego, San Diego, California
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Francis Parker School
Hometown: San Diego, California

Stuti Mishra, 2nd place
Sponsor: Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
Hometown: West Melbourne, Florida

Arvind Mahankali, 3rd place
Sponsor: Daily News, New York, New York
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Junior High School 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hometown: Bayside Hills, New York

Gifton Wright, 4th place (tie)
Sponsor: Jamaica Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Kingston College
Hometown: Spanish Town, Jamaica

Nicholas Rushlow, 4th place (tie)
Sponsor: Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, Lancaster, Ohio
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Lakeview Junior High School
Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio

Lena Greenberg, 4th place (tie)
Sponsor: The Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Home School
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Frank Cahill, 7th place
Sponsor: The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Ave Maria Catholic School
Hometown: Parker, Colorado

Jordan Hoffman, 8th place (tie)
Sponsor: Jackson County Spelling Bee Collaborative, Kansas City, Missouri
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Pleasant Lea Middle School
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Emma Ciereszynski, 8th place (tie)
Sponsor: New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester, New Hampshire
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Dover Middle School
Hometown: Dover, New Hampshire

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