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Snigdha Nandipati wins Spelling Bee contest 2012

Maryland, 1 June 2012: Indo-American girl Snigdha Nandipati aged 14, won this year's National Spelling Bee contest held in United States yesterday night. She defeated eight other finalists which includes three other Indian - American contestants.  She won the contest by correctly spelling the French word 'guetapens'.

Nandipati became the fifth consecutive Indian-American winner and 10th in the last 14 years.


Stuti Mishra (14)  from Florida came second followed by Arvind Mahankali (12) from New York in the thrid place. This year, all the three top winners had Indian origin.

The winner got $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. The competition included 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison, the youngest participant in the history of the competition.

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