C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N: 8th Grader Wins National Spelling Bee
(CNN) — Snigdha Nandipati, 14, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night by properly spelling “guetapens,” which means an ambush, snare or trap.
“This is a miracle,” the eighth-grader from San Diego, California, told ESPN, which aired the contest. Asked what it had taken for her to reach the pinnacle of spelling prowess, she said, “A lot.”
In last year’s spelling bee, she tied for 27th place.
Nandipati’s victory came moments after her final challenger, Stuti Mishra, also 14 and from Orlando, Florida, stumbled over the spelling of “schwarmerei,” which means excessive, unbridled enthusiasm or attachment.
Meanwhile, two students from northeast Ohio were among the top 50 spellers in the country qualifying for the semi-finals.
Both Sunny Levine, an eighth grader at Claggett Middle School in Medina, and Vishnue Nistala, an eighth grader at Mentor Shore Middle School made it to the fifth round before getting knocked out of the competition.
Nicholas Rushlow, an eighth grader at Lakeview Junior High School in Pickerington, Ohio, was in the running for the championship until he misspelled a word in the 9th round.
— Fox 8 News contributed to this report.