June 1st, 2012
01:10 PM ET

San Diego eighth-grader wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

By CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Snigdha Nandipati, 14, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night by spelling "guetapens," which means an ambush, snare or trap.

"I was just taking it one word at a time," the eighth-grader from San Diego told CNN on Friday morning. "I just wanted to get each word right. I didn't really think about winning, really."

The agony and ecstasy of the National Spelling Bee

She said that properly spelling the winning word, which is derived from French, was not difficult. She had seen the word before and knew it, she said.

Nandipati didn't truly register her victory until the confetti started falling, she said.

"I didn't expect to win. There were some very good competitors this year," she said.

In last year's spelling bee, she tied for 27th place.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. steve

    Russ you are so typical of the stupid American. Good job wise man.

    June 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  2. Mr. Me

    Congratualations Snigda!

    You are the CHAMPION!

    June 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  3. neel

    Nice to see that Racist Russ's comment was completely ignored by Americans. Morons like Russ R the root cause why this nation is declining. On the other hand, the girl featured here is USA'S future hope!

    June 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  4. ssachida

    hmm... must be breaking news... Didn't know US started bombing India.

    June 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm |