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San Diego Teen Wins National Spelling Bee [VIDEO]

Snigdha Nandipati is the National Spelling Bee champion.

Snigdha Nandipati (Alex Wong, Getty Images)

The 14-year-old from San Diego spelled guetapens, a French-derived word that means ambush, snare or trap. Calm and collected throughout, she beat out eight other finalists in the nerve-wracking, brain-busting competition.

Nandipati is an avid reader and coin collector who aspires to become a psychiatrist or neurosurgeon. She plays violin and is fluent in Telugu. She’s the 5th consecutive Indian-American winner and 10th in the last 14 years.

Stuti Mishra of West Melbourne, Fla., finished second after misspelling “schwarmerei.”

Prizes for winning the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee include $30,000 in cash, a trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, a $5,000 scholarship, $2,600 in reference works from the Encyclopedia Britannica and an online language course.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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