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San Diego County Crowns A New Spelling Bee Champ

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Aired 3/22/11

There is a new spelling bee champ in San Diego County. Snigdha Nandiparti was crowned 2011 Spelling Bee champ.

— Snigdha Nandiparti was crowned 2011 Spelling Bee champ.

Evan Wildenhain, a student from Marshall Middle School in San Diego, takes his turn spelling the word "iterative" during the 42nd annual San Diego Union Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee.
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Above: Evan Wildenhain, a student from Marshall Middle School in San Diego, takes his turn spelling the word "iterative" during the 42nd annual San Diego Union Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee.

The 7th grader hails from Francis Parker School in San Diego. She studied more than 20,000 words for the big match.

Nearly 100 middle school students competed for the honor today. The competition took place at the Old Town Theater and lasted roughly four hours.

Kids tackled words like “iterative,” “corollary” and “taciturn.”

The winning word was “wastrel” meaning something rejected or discarded as useless or imperfect.

Nandiparti gets a Merriam Webster Dictionary, a $100 savings bond and one-year subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

She will now proceed on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held annually in Washington, D.C.

This is not the first time the Nandiparti won a spelling bee competition. She was also clinched the top prize in the Long Beach Spelling Bee in 2009.

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