Local Spelling Bee Champ Honored By School

Snigdha Nandipati Presented Personalized Trophy During Ceremony Held At Francis Parker School

Local student Snigdha Nandipati, the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, was honored Thursday at Francis Parker School.

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Last month, in Washington, D.C., Snigdha defeated nearly 300 other spelling masters by correctly spelling guetapens.

Her victory was followed by public appearances on "Live with Kelly" and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

During Thursday's ceremony, KGTV general manager Jeff Block presented Snigdha with a personalized trophy, and the school memorialized her victory with a banner that will hang in the gym next to the school's other banners for athletic accomplishments.

Snigdha said she hopes to one day attend Harvard University.

"I want to go into neuroscience or psychiatry … somewhere in the medicine field," she said.

Snigdha received $30,000 from Scripps, the parent company of KGTV; a $5,000 scholarship from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation; $2,600 in reference works from Encyclopaedia Britannica, including its final print edition, and a lifetime membership to Britannica Online Premium; a $2,500 U.S. savings bond; a complete reference library from the dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster; and a Nook Color and online language course from Middlebury Interactive Languages.

She is the second Southern Californian to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which began in 1925. Anurag Kashyap of Poway was the 2005 champion.

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