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Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego is embraced by her brother Sujan Nandipati, after winning the National Spelling Bee on Thursday night.
AP report: Snigdha Nandipati is the National Spelling Bee champion. The 14-year-old from San Diego spelled guetapens, a French-derived word that means ambush, snare or trap. Calm and collected throughout, she beat out eight other finalists in the nerve-wracking, brain-busting competition.
Nandipati is an avid reader and coin collector who aspires to become a psychiatrist or neurosurgeon. She plays violin and is fluent in Telugu. She's the 5th consecutive Indian-American winner and 10th in the last 14 years. Read the full story.
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Smart young people from across the nation compete to become the next National Spelling Bee champion.