We have a w-i-n-n-e-r
May 31st, 2012
09:44 PM ET

We have a w-i-n-n-e-r

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of California won the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night by properly spelling guetapens, which means an ambush snare or trap.

Snigdha was the only contestant left standing after Stuti Mishra misspelled "schwarmerei" incorrectly in Round 12. When Snigdha correctly spelled the final word, the bee was hers.

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  1. vienners

    Another Indian American!!!

    Congratulations to all participants.

    May 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Hillman

    Neither of the top two were in "special English" classes either...

    May 31, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chandra

    Indians rule the Spelling bee in the country.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Meki60

    certainly not from public schools, they only know words like 'beerfart'

    May 31, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saharagold

    It's very ironic that in an article about spelling, the writer AND proofreader missed the grammatical error. It should read ". . . after Stuti Mishra SPELLED "schwarmerei"incorrectly in Round 12. If she misspelled it INCORRECTLY, wouldn't that mean it was spelled correctly? Beware the double negative!

    May 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 31, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
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      May 31, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greek American

    Hahaha beerfart! I'm sure that educational necessities such as Facebook also contributed to the intelligence factor of this young student. Hahaha.
    All joking aside, congrats to the winners!

    May 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    O.K. Snigdha...say this word as fast as you can three times. It's a medical term describing silica dust in the lungs. It's 45 letters long.


    May 31, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    Congradulashuns. Im prowd of hur. I wish hur a long and sucksessful speling kareer.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
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  10. Tama

    Congratulations Snigdha. Best of luck in your furture endevours.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tama

    Congratulations on your 1st place in the spelling bee Snigdha. Best of luck in your furture endevours.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. hamsta

    @ jeff frank i hate to correct you but pnuemonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoeconiosis is the medical term for miners black lung disease.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. hamsta

    oops i spelled that wrong – there is no e in volcano

    June 1, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. hamsta

    i spelled it wrong in my previous post but pnuemonosiliultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the medical term for coal miner's black lung disease. that was a spelling word i had to learn in 3rd grade. coal has either silica or silicon in it, not quite sure which one but thats why you see the word volcano. it takes extreme heat and pressure(usually through volcanic activity) to make coal. pnuemono describes anything pertaining to the lungs. ultramicroscopic means very fine dust. i forgot what coneosis means but you dont get pnuemonoultramicroscopicvolcanoconiosis from inhaling sand. sand is silica.

    June 1, 2012 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. hamsta

    just checked the dictionary and found out i was wrong, but then again they may have changed the definition in the last 30 years like they changed the definition of drug. 30 years ago the word drug was defined as man made medication. the new definition of drug is mind altering substance. the did that to fit marijuana, an herb, in the category of drugs.the definition of herb is anything found in nature that possesses medicinal properties.

    June 1, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
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