San Diego teen Snigdha Nandipati wins National Spelling Bee 2012

in Blog

Snigdha Nandipati, a 14-year-old from San Diego, spelled "guetapens," a French-derived word that means ambush, snare or trap, to win the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night.

Fourteen-year-old Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego, whose Indian first name means "flowing with honey," won the 85th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. She correctly spelled "guetapens," which means ambush, to win in the 13th round.
Nine spellers made the finals for Thursday's prime-time broadcast of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Siddharth Kulkarni, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from San Jose who was sponsored by The Chronicle, was eliminated in an earlier round.

Six-year-old Lori Anne Madison, the youngest national contestant in Bee history, was still in the spotlight, despite being eliminated Wednesday after preliminary rounds that included a computerized test and onstage spelling.

Wearing a yellow-and-black bee-embellished hat, Lori Anne, a home-schooled second-grader from Woodbridge, Va., held a pre-Bee session press conference, during which she drew business cards to choose which reporters could ask her questions.

The media attention, ranging from appearances on ABC News to features in newspapers nationwide, was stressful and overwhelming, she acknowledged, but she vowed to return to the Bee.

The 85th annual Bee featured 278 regional winners from across the United States and eight other countries: the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. Just 50 advanced to the Thursday semifinals. This year's Bee champion will receive a $30,000 cash prize and engraved trophy from Scripps.

Source:This article appeared on page A - 8 of the San Francisco Chronicle
Read more:

Copyright © 2010 mibihar. All rights reserved.