I watched the entire final round of the Scripps Spelling Bee on the edge of my seat. I don’t know what was worse, watching the kids’ major disappointment when they misspelled a word or the parents (many of them their child’s spelling coaches) with their head bent downward holding their faces in their hands as they listened, and hoped they didn’t hear that darn bell go off signaling their child was out of the competition.
In the end it all came down to a French-derived word which means ‘ambush, snare or trap’.
Snigdha Nandipati, the 14-year-old girl from San Diego correctly spelled the word “guetapens,” to take the top prize. She said she knew the word immediately but still wanted to ask the judges questions to make absolutely sure she was correct.
Snigdha became the 5th Indian American in a row to win the spelling bee, and wants to be either a psychiatrist or a neurosurgeon. By taking home top honors, she receives $40,000-plus in cash and prizes.
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