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Snigdha Nandipati, 14, from San Diego, won the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee last Thursday, May 31, 2012 as revealed by international news sites. San Diego seems to be a source of talented young people, like Jessica Sanchez, who just finished Top 2 on American Idol 2012.
The young American-Indian girl reportedly wanted to become a doctor someday. Snigdha Nandipati’s magic word was “guetapens,” which means “to snare.”
Second place for the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee was Stuti Mishra from West Melbourne, Florida and 3rd place was Arvind Mahankali from Bayside Hills, New York. Fourth place were Lena Greenberg from Philadelphia, and Nicholas Rushlow from Pickerington, Ohio.
Further reports disclosed that Snigdha Nandipati has won against 8 equally skillful spellers from around the U.S.
Her prize includes a trophy, $30,000 cash, a scholarship worth $5,000, a savings bond worth $2,500, and Encyclopedia Britannica and online course amounting to $2,600.