A two-time local champion is headed to Washington, D.C., to represent San Diego at the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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Francis Parker School now has a spelling bee because of eighth-grader Snigdha Nandipati.
"Before I came to the school, they didn't have the spelling bee at my school, and so I brought it to the school," said Snigdha. "I've been interested in spelling since I was little."
Snigdha is one of 278 spellers heading to the nation's capital for the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but she's no novice.
"This is my second year," she told 10News.
She described last year's experience, saying, "It was very nerve-wracking on stage. It was a national stage and there was a lot of people, a lot of cameras."
Snigdha tied for 27th place at last year's contest.
Since 1925, only one San Diego student has taken the title. In 2005, Anurag Kashyap correctly spelled "appoggiatura" to win the contest.
Snigdha said, "I'm definitely going to go to the semifinals this year, I hope, and I think I might be able to go to the finals."
Snigdha is studying four to five hours every night to make sure that happens.
"Etymology is important, the language that the word comes from, because it gives you clues on how to spell the word," she said.
Snigdha often writes the words on her hand before she says letters.
"It helps to keep track of the word because in an actual spelling bee, when you say something wrong, you can't go back and change it," said Snigdha.
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