The 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee has crowned a champion – 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego, California. The girl, whose extended family had flown in from India to watch her compete, won in Round 13 on the word “guetapens,” which is derived from French and means “an ambush, snare or trap.”
The bee came down to two female spellers, Nandipati and Stuti Mishra, who misspelled “schwarmerei” in Round 12, leaving the door open for Nandipati if she spelled her next word correctly.
Nandipati is an aspiring psychiatrist or neurosurgeon and is the 5th consecutive Indian-American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her prizes include $30,000 in cash, a trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, a $5,000 scholarship,
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Congratulations to Snigdha!