Twelve-year old Snigdha Nandipati, a 7th grader at Francis Parker
School, has won the 2011 San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling
Bee. The Spelling Bee was held March 22 at the Old Town Theatre in San
Snigdha and her family came to the United States from India in 2005.
According to her father, she studied more than 30,000 words for the
She correctly spelled the winning word, “wastrel,” meaning something
rejected or discarded as useless or imperfect. Nandipati will now
represent San Diego County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held
annually in Washington, D.C. June 1-2, 2011.
“I can’t believe I won,” said Nandipati. “I’m very excited because this
was the first year my school participated.” Nandipati won the Long Beach
Spelling Bee in 2009.
The 42nd annual competition began with 95 7th and 8th grade students
from public and private schools throughout San Diego County. During the
final round, two contestants remained: Nandipati and Rochelle Marifosque
from San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, the runner-up in
last year’s Bee.
During the championship round each contestant needed to spell two words
correctly. Marifosque spelled “hapology” incorrectly, and Nandipati then
spelled “bibliognost” and “wastrel” correctly to win championship.
Nandipati hopes to attend Harvard University and study to become a surgeon or psychologist.
The Countywide Spelling Bee is coordinated by the San Diego
Union-Tribune and the San Diego County Office of Education. For more
information on the Bee go to www.sdcoe.net/sb or www.spellingbee.com.