California Teen Wins National Spelling Bee

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Snigdha Nandipati has won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“Guetapens. Guetapens, is it French? It's from French. Guetapens, g-u-e-t-a-p-e-n-s, Guetapens.[Applause] And guess what? We have a champion of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Snigdha Nandipati.”

The 14-year-old eighth grader from San Diego, California, who finished second in last year's bee, won the 85th edition of the classic event by correctly spelling the French word that means ambush. Snigdha took home the $30,000 winner's purse, plus a $2,500 U.S. savings bond, a $5,000 scholarship and other awards.

Her grandparents traveled from India to attend the event, which was held at a resort outside Washington.

Stuti Mishra, a 14-year-old from Orlando, Florida, was runner-up after misspelling a German word that means excessive enthusiasm. Arvind Mahankali, a 12-year-old from New York, finished in third place for the second straight year.