Jeff Smith noon, March 8
Scripps National Spelling Bee Misspells Name of 2012 Champion on Trophy
"Who knew 'Snigdha' had an 'H'?"
Nandipati in happier times, before she read the inscription.
SNIGGERING BY THE TROPHY CASE, FRANCIS PARKER HIGH SCHOOL - Fourteen-year-old San Diegan Snigdha Nandipati won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee last week, but you'd never know it by looking at the trophy currently on display at her alma mater. According to the inscription on the plaque, this year's champion is named "Snigda," not "Snigdha."
"It's sort of shocking," said Nandipati, who won by spelling the French-derived word "guetapens." "I mean, there are lots of Indian names that feature the 'ha' construction. Really, my name was one of the easy ones. I hate to think what they would have come up with for Gokul Venkatachalam, Eboseremhen I. Eigbe, or Coralee Ashley Tibeingana Ahabwe Wade LaRue."
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