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Snigdha Nandipati Spells ‘Guetapens’ to Win the National Spelling Bee

Alex Wong/Getty Images(OXON HILL, Md.) -- The winning word meant “ambush, snare or trap,” but Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego didn’t fall for it.

G-U-E-T-A-P-E-N-S, she spelled, correctly, nailing the word with the French derivation.

“It’s a miracle,” she said after her spelling of ”guetapens” clinched victory in the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday evening.

Nandipati, who’d been to the spelling bee once before, defeated a total of 278 contestants.

“I knew it. I had seen it before. I just wanted to ask everything I could before I started spelling,” Nandipati said.

Jordan Hoffman from Kansas City was the first finalist eliminated -- for misspelling “canities.”

In the 10th round, Arvind Mahankali grabbed third place after incorrectly spelling “schwannoma.”

That left Stuti Mishra of Orlando, Fla., to go head-to-head with Nandipati. Mishra misspelled the word “schwarmerei.”

Out of 11 million kids from across the globe, nine competed in the finals round. Those nine included Frank Cahill, Emma Ciereszynski, Lena Greenberg, Hoffman, Mahankali, Mishra, Nandipati, Nicholas Rushlow and Gifton Wright from Jamaica.

All participants in the finals round were 14 years old, except for Mahankali, who was 12.

This year’s spelling bee also brought the youngest contestant in history, 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison of Lake Ridge, Va.

Madison fell four points short of making the semifinals and told the Washington Post that stress and fatigue led to her misspelling onstage.

“I was really disappointed that I misspelled the word. I knew the word,” Madison told the Washington Post. “It was just too bad that I misspelled the word.”

According to ESPN, some contestants spend up to 600 hours studying for the bee.

For Nicholas Rushlow, who was eliminated in the ninth round after competing for the past five years, just seeing supporters made all the work worthwhile.

“I know there are a lot of friends out there watching me,” Rushlow said. “I just want to say thanks y’all.”

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6-Year-Old Eliminated from National Spelling Bee

Bananastock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- “Dirigible,” the adjective meaning “capable of being steered,” was no match Wednesday for a 6-year-old from Lake Ridge, Va., who breezed through Round 1 of the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

However, it was in Round 2 where Lori Anne Madison, the youngest competitor in the history of the prestigious contest, stumbled. Faced with the word “ingluvies,” meaning “the crop of a bird or insect,” she incorrectly spelled it with an “e” as the first letter and was later eliminated, not moving on to Thursday’s semifinals and finals.

Lori Anne earned her spot in the Scripps by beating out 21 other spellers and winning the 34th Prince William County Spelling Bee earlier this year. She was the youngest participant in that contest as well.

“I have been in competitions with older kids before and I have many friends, some younger and some older, and I feel comfortable in any group,” she told ABC News in March.

She said then that her love of spelling started when she was 3 years old.

“I started reading very early and I read a lot, and that helps. Plus, I work hard and love to find new interesting words in the dictionary,” she said.

In a moment of fun Wednesday, ESPN’s Samantha Steele -- appearing as contestant No. 279 -- tried to tap Lori Anne’s brain for help when the reporter was asked to spell the word “slobberhannes.”

“Lori Anne, any help back here,” Steele asked. “You know? No? You’re not helping me out?”

“I think it’s a joke,” the 6-year-old replied, though the two held hands as Steele attempted to spell the word.

The winner of the competition receives more than $40,000 in cash and prizes -- and the title of world’s greatest speller.

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6-Year-Old Headed to Scripps National Spelling Bee

Leonard McLane/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Most 6-year-olds are still learning how to read let alone master spelling, but apparently no one told that to Lori Anne Madison who, at the age of 6, is headed to one of the prestigious spelling bees in the world.

Lori Anne beat out 21 other spellers, including middle-schoolers from across Prince William County, Virginia, winning the 34th Prince William County Spelling Bee. She was the youngest one in the competition, but that didn’t intimidate her.

“I have been in competitions with older kids before and I have many friends, some younger and some older, and I feel comfortable in any group,” she told ABC News.

Lori Anne’s love of spelling started when she was three: “Some friends mentioned a small regional spelling bee, and I asked to go. Being on stage was fun. So I asked for more spelling bees since then,” she said.  ”I started reading very early and I read a lot, and that helps. Plus, I work hard and love to find new interesting words in the dictionary.”

Her victory in Virginia has earned her a coveted spot in the highly competitive Scripps National Spelling Bee, subject of the documentary Spellbound. There, she will face off against regional spelling champions from across the world for over $40,000 in cash and prizes.

If Lori Anne wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year she will be the youngest winner in the Bee’s history.

“I’m very excited,” she told ABC News. “I want to have fun with other kids who love spelling and learn new words. And hope to do my best.”

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Sukanya Roy Wins 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(OXEN HILL, Md.) -- Sukanya Roy is the champion at the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The 14-year-old girl from South Abington, Penn. took the top place from runner-up Laura Newcombe when she correctly spelled the word 'cymotrichous' -- which relates to wavy hair.

Sukanya will take home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. She is now the fourth consecutive Indian-American to take the title at the Scripps spelling bee, and the ninth within the past 13 years.

"I went through the dictionary once or twice," she said, "and I guess some of the words really stuck."

She has competed in the bee three times now, tying for 12th place in 2009 and 20th place in 2010.

Newcombe, 12, of Toronto placed second at the three-hour-plus, nationally televised event that took place in the Washington, D.C. area. She was looking to become the first Canadian to win the bee, but went out on the French-derived word "sorites."

Thursday's 10th round of the spelling bee saw competition amongst the final 13 of 275 spellers that descended on the D.C. area from across the country and world.

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2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finalists in Place

File photo. Bananastock/Thinkstock(OXEN HILL, Md.) -- The Scripps National Spelling Bee semi-finals brought together students from around the United States, Canada and as far away as Kingston, Jamaica. They ranged from skinny-legged pre-teens to boys with a shadow of a mustache.

Dhivya Senthil Murugan, the youngest of the bunch at 10, looked confident in her hot pink T-shirt and rhinestone glasses as she faced the judges for her last word, "kagura."

When the judges in Oxen Hill, Md., announced her success, meaning she would move on to Thursday night's championship (one of 13 finalists, down from 275) she high-fived Grace Remmer, the next contestant in line, and returned to her seat beaming.

Grace was not so lucky. She misspelled the word, "casquetel," adding an extra "l" and "e" at the end, outing her from the competition. Instead of yelling "fail," like one of the earlier losers, Grace bowed out politely, thanking the audience and judges.

For some of the spellers, the cutthroat competition is a long-time hobby. Nabeel Rahman, 13, said he has competed for more than half of his life. His mother, Rashida Rahman, encouraged him to join his first-grade spelling bee because, she said, children in the Buffalo area cannot expect to succeed in competitions unless they start early.

Student after student said they spent hours and hours cramming before the bees.

Finalist Joanna Ye, 14, of Carlisle, Pa., saw the day of the competition as a good time to socialize and make friends because she doesn't see many of them before the bee.

To alleviate some tension during the show, Joanna high-fived or chatted with the other contestants. "Some of these people I'm probably going to be friends with, like, for the rest of my life, and it's really nice getting to know all the kids because we all have something in common."

As for the point of all the pressure, tears and time put into the bee, "It looks good on my resume," Joanna said. "But it also lets me know that I can be successful at something after working super hard at it, so I think just the knowledge … that I can be really good at something after putting hours and hours of work into it. It's really rewarding."

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