And we have a winner! Fourteen-year-old Snigdha Nandipati, a San Diego eighth grader, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee after correctly spelling “guetapens” Thursday. The final word was no guetapen for Nandipati; the word is defined as an ambush, snare, or trap. Nandipati, who came in 27th place last year, beat out 14-year-old Stuti Mishra, a student from Orlando, who misspelled the word “schwarmerei,” or an excessive enthusiasm for or attachment to. We think Nandipati will have a schwarmerei to her trophy!
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