Parker Student Is Repeat Spelling Bee Champion

| April 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Francis Parker School 8th-grader and Rancho Penasquitos resident Snigdha Nandipati is the winner of the 43nd annual San Diego Union Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee that took place in March at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. For her efforts, 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.

Snigdha Nandipati is the winner of the 43nd annual Countywide Spelling Bee.

This will be Nandipatiís second-straight year competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  In 2011 she would advance on to the 5th-round before being knocked out on the word “kerystic” which left her in a tie for 27th place out of the nearly 11 million that started in the competitions at the local level.

At the San Diego County Spelling Bee this year, Nandipati beat out 99 other 7th and 8th graders to win the competition, which took nearly five hours to complete. She finished off her victory by spelling the word “gobemouche” which, according to, means “literally, a fly swallower; hence, one who keeps his mouth open; a boor; a silly and credulous person.”

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