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 Parker 8th Grader Wins San Diego County Spelling Bee

​Thirteen-year old Snigdha Nandipati, an 8th grader at Francis Parker School, has won the 2012 U-T San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee. This year’s Spelling Bee competition was held on March 21 at the historic San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.

Snigdha and her family are Rancho Penasquitos residents and according to her father, she studied more than 30,000 words for the competition. This will be Nandipatiís second-straight year competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

She correctly spelled the winning word, “gobemouche,” meaning a credulous person; especially one who believes everything heard.

Nandipati beat out 99 other 7th and 8th graders to win the competition, which took nearly five hours to complete. Marinda Whetten, a 7th grader at Madison Middle School came in as runner up to Nandipati.

“This is so exciting,” said Nandipati. “I studied really hard for this and it paid off.”

The 43nd annual competition began with 100 7th and 8th grade students from public and private schools throughout San Diego County. During the final round, two contestants remained: Nandipati and Whetten.

Nandipati wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. at the end of May to compete in the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winner of the national title is awarded $30,000, a $5,000 scholarship and other prizes. Nandipati hopes to attend Harvard University and study to become a surgeon or psychologist.

Along with the U-T San Diego newspaper the San Diego Bee is co-sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego County Credit Union, ITV Cable 16, San Diego Hall of Champions, Southwest Airlines and Techsmart|AV.

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