National spelling bee winner Snigdha Nandipati

Snigdha Nandipati heard a number of words she did not understand throughout the National Spelling Bee, however never when she stepped to the microphone.

Calm and picked up throughout, the 14-year-old from San Diego spelled "guetapens," a French-derived word meaning ambush, snare or lure, to win the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. She beat out eight alternative finalists within the nerve-wracking, brain-busting competition.

After she spelled the word, she looked from facet to facet, as if unsure her accomplishment was real, and, oddly, she wasn't immediately announced because the winner. Applause engineered slowly, and a number of items of confetti trickled out before showering her. Then her 10-year-old brother ran on stage and embraced her, and he or she beamed.

"I knew it. i would seen it before," Nandipati said of the winning word. "I simply wished to raise everything I may before I started spelling."

A coin collector and Sherlock Holmes fan, Nandipati aspires to become a physician or neurosurgeon. She additionally plays violin and is fluent in Telugu, a language spoken in southeastern India.

A semifinalist last year, Nandipati became the fifth consecutive Indian-American winner and tenth within the last fourteen years, a run that began in 1999 when Nupur Lala won and was later featured within the documentary "Spellbound."

Wearing a white polo shirt with a gold necklace peeking out of the collar, the bespectacled, braces-wearing teen never showed abundant emotion whereas spelling, operating her means meticulously through every word. solely a number of of the words given to alternative spellers were unfamiliar to her, she said.

Her brother and oldsters joined her onstage when the victory, in conjunction with her maternal grandparents, who traveled from Hyderabad, India, to observe her. At one purpose as she held the trophy aloft, her brother, Sujan, pushed the corners of her mouth apart to broaden her smile.

Her father, Krishnarao, said Snigdha initial showed an interest in spelling as early as age four. As she rode within the automotive, he would decision out the words he saw on billboards and he or she would spell them.

In the run-up to the bee, Nandipanti studied six to ten hours every day on weekdays and 10-12 hours on weekends — a regimen that she'll have to be compelled to maintain to urge through medical faculty, her father said.

"She says this is often tougher than being a neurosurgeon — perhaps," said her mother, Madhavi.
Stuti Mishra of West Melbourne, Fla., finished second when misspelling "schwarmerei" — which implies excessive, unbridled enthusiasm. whereas several spellers fake to put in writing words with their fingers, the 14-year-old Mishra had an uncommon routine — she mimed typing them on a keyboard. Nandipanti and Mishra frequently high-fived one another when spelling words properly throughout the marathon competition.

Coming in third for the second consecutive year was Arvind Mahankali of Bayside Hills, N.Y. At 12, the seventh-grader was the youngest of the 9 finalists. He has an additional year of eligibility remaining, and he pledged to come back.

"I got eliminated each times by German words," Mahankali said. "I understand what I actually have to review."

Nandipati's prize haul includes $30,000 in money, a trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, a $5,000 scholarship, $2,600 in reference works from the Encyclopedia Britannica and a web language course.

The week began with 278 spellers, together with the youngest within the history of the competition — 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison of Lake Ridge, Va. the sector was cut to fifty semifinalists when a pc take a look at and 2 preliminary rounds, and Lori Anne was 2 misspelled words aloof from a semifinal berth. The tiny, blue-eyed prodigy said she'd be back next year.

The highest-placing international speller was Gifton Wright of Spanish city, Jamaica, who tied for fourth. This week, Scripps announced tentative plans for a world spelling bee with groups of spellers from dozens of states. Once that gets off the bottom, the National Spelling Bee would be closed to international participants.

Also tied for fourth were Nicholas Rushlow of Pickerington, Ohio, and Lena Greenberg of Philadelphia. The excitable Greenberg, a crowd favorite who ran delightedly back to her chair when every correct word, pressed her hands to her face and exclaimed, "Oh! Oh!" when she was eliminated.

Rushlow was creating his fifth and final look within the bee, and this was his best showing. He got 3 words he did not understand — one within the semifinals and 2 within the finals — and managed to spell 2 of them properly before the third one, "vetiver," tripped him up.

While he was happy along with his performance, he is unhappy that his run is over.
"I'm a has-been currently," Rushlow said.

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