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San Diego teenager wins national spelling bee contest

May 31, 2012 |  7:50 pm


A 14-year-old girl from San Diego has won the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling "guetapens," which means an ambush, snare or trap.

Snigdha Nandipati, an eighth-grader at Francis Parker School in La Jolla, bested eight other finalists Thursday for the title in the contest held in Oxon Hill, Md.

Her grandfather had reportedly promised her a trip to India if she won.


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Photo: Snigdha Nandipati, the national spelling bee champ. Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Correction: An earlier version of this story mispelled the name of Snigdha Nandipati.