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Spelling Bee Champ Awarded With Final Word 'Guetapens'

Fri, June 1, 2012 1:12pm EDT by 7 Comments
Spelling Bee 2012 Winner

Congrats to the 2012 champ! Snigdha Nandipati eases through her winning word ‘guetapens,’ while the rest of us scratch our heads in confusion.

Snigdha Nandipati takes the Scripps National Spelling Bee with the French word “guetapens,” which means ambush or trap. Check out the video of her win below!

The 14-year-old took the title on May 31 and is the fifth Indian-American in a row to win. She claimed the trophy along with more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Snigdha started spelling in kindergarten when her father Krishnarao Nandipati would quiz her with words he saw around them. “He’d ask me words that he saw on the signs, on billboards, and he’d ask me to spell them,” Snigdha told Christian Science Monitor. “I remember my favorite word to spell was ‘design’ because it had the silent ‘g.'”

Second place went to Stuti Mishra of West Melbourne, Florida., who misspelled “schwarmerei” — which means excessive, unbridled enthusiasm in German.

The competition also included 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison of Lake Ridge, Virginia, the youngest in the competition’s history, who was cut in the semifinals mispelling, “Ingluvies” which means the crop of a bird or insect.

Check out the champ’s winning word below!

— Lorraine Chow

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