2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winners: 8th grader Snigdha Nandipati Wins
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2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winners: 8th grader Snigdha Nandipati Wins

Washington : DC : USA | May 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM PDT
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Nicholas Rushlow at the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals came down to 9 finalist out of 278 spellers that joined from across the 50 U.S. states and an 8th grader from Jamaica. Both contestants tries to inquire more about the word thrown at them by the host like, the figure of speech, and it's used in a sentence or the origin of the word, like if its from Greek, French, Latin etc.

But the confident winner of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition goes to an 8th grader from San Diego, a 14 year old Snigdha Nandipati. Earlier Thursday morning 50 spellers vies for the semi finals spot but only 9 spelling bee finalist was selected to comeback on the same night. Arvind Mahankali, the 12-year old from Bayside Hills, New York who made the finals last year went on as top 3, but he misspell his word "schwannoma". That leaves Stuti Mishra and Snigdha Nandipati to duke it out in the finals, both girls were so talented that it takes 3 more rounds but in the end Stuti Mishra missed her third word "schwarmerei" and that leaves Nandipati who confidently spell her word "guetapens".

Crowd darling Lena Greenberg, 14-year-old home-schooled from Philadelphia who became the last to make the finals was cut at 3rd round which she misspelled word "geistlich". Jamaican boy Gifton Wright got a standing ovation as he vows out also at round 3. Check the live updates below to know their specific words.

This year's Scripps National Spelling Bee winner gets $30,000 in cash, a trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, a $5,000 scholarship, $2,600 in reference works from the Encyclopedia Britannica and an online language course. This competition has wowed exciting contestants like 6-year old Lori Anne Madison speller, from Woodbridge, Virginia as the youngest speller on record with the Scripps National Spelling Bee altough she didn't made it but she has at least 8 more years to try.

Check the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winners

WINNER - winning word "guetapens"

Snigdha Nandipati Age 14, 8th grade, School: Francis Parker School, San Diego, California

2nd placer

Stuti Mishra Age 14, 8th grade, School: Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, West Melbourne, Florida

3rd placer

Arvind Mahankali Age 12, 7th grade School: Junior High School 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne Hometown: Bayside Hills, New York

4th placer

Nicholas Rushlow Age 14, 8th grade School: Lakeview Junior High School, Pickerington, Ohio

Lena Greenberg Age 14, 8th grade School: Home School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gifton Wright Age 14, 8th grade School: Kingston College, Spanish Town, Jamaica

5th placer

Frank Cahill Age 14, 8th grade School: Ave Maria Catholic School, Parker, Colorado

6th placer

Jordan Hoffman Age 14, 8th grade, School: Pleasant Lea Middle School, Lee's Summit, Missouri

Emma Ciereszynski Age 14, 8th grade, School: Dover Middle School, Dover, New Hampshire

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Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego won the 2012 National Spelling Bee by spelling the word "guetapens" (Photo Jacquelyn Martin)
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