Snigdha Nandipati

Snigdha Nandipati

Snigdha Nandipati, a 14-year-old speller from San Diego, Calif., won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night.

Nandipati was named the Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion in the 13th round after correctly spelling the word “guetapens,” which is defined as “an ambush, snare, or trap.”

Nandipati represented U-T San Diego in San Diego, Calif., in this year’s competition. She is an eighth grade student at Francis Parker School in San Diego, Calif.

This was the second consecutive Scripps National Spelling Bee in which Snigdha competed. She tied for 27th place in last year’s Bee.

The preliminary and championship rounds of this year’s Bee were broadcast live on ESPN. The primetime broadcast lasted seven rounds.

The spelling competition began Tuesday with 278 competitors who qualified to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee by winning locally sponsored bees in their home communities.

Rich Boehne, president and chief executive officer of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP), declared Nandipati the national champion and awarded her the engraved Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship loving cup immediately after the winning word was correctly spelled.

With more than 11 million spellers starting at the local level, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is an educational program. The competition is administered on a not-for-profit basis by Scripps, based in Cincinnati. The majority of local spelling bee sponsors are daily and weekly newspapers.

Round-by-round results can be reviewed at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Web site,

Placing second in this year’s competition was: Stuti Mishra of West Melbourne, Fla., (representing the Orlando Sentinel).

The national champion receives a $30,000 cash prize along with the trophy from Scripps; a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and complete reference library from Merriam-Webster; a $5,000 scholarship from Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation; $2,600 of reference works, including the Final Print Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and a lifetime membership to the Britannica Online Premium from Encyclopaedia Britannica; and an online language course and Nook Color from Middlebury Interactive Languages.

All students will receive varying amounts of cash prizes depending on where they finish in the academic showcase.

Photo courtesy: Scripps National Spelling Bee

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