Desis dominated the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year, taking the top 3 places.
Snigdha Nandipati was crowned champion in round 13 of the competition with her correct spelling of “guetapens,” which means “an ambush, snare, or trap.” The runner-up, Stuti Mishra, was ousted in the 12th round for misspelling “schwarmerei,” misspelling the word with a first e rather than an a.
That word, which means “extravagant enthusiasm,” was most likely experienced personally by Nandipati. It was the second year in a row for the 14-year-old 8th grader of Francis Parker School in San Diego, Calif. She bested 278 competitors in National Harbor, Maryland. Third place was Arvind Mahankali.
The national champion receives a $30,000 cash prize along with the trophy from Scripps; a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and complete reference library from Merriam-Webster; a $5,000 scholarship from Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation; $2,600 of reference works, including the Final Print Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and a lifetime membership to the Britannica Online Premium from Encyclopaedia Britannica; and an online language course and Nook Color from Middlebury Interactive Languages