It’s “Snigdha Nandipati Day” in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The City Council proclaimed Tuesday “Snigdha Nandipati
Day” in the city of San Diego to honor the Francis Parker School student's
victory at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The teen, who just completed eighth grade at the Linda Vista campus, was
presented with a proclamation, applauding her “outstanding achievement,” by
Councilwomen Sherri Lightner and Lorie Zapf.
The Rancho Penasquitos girl, who was accompanied by her parents and her
grandparents — visiting from India — lives in Lightner's district and attends
school in Zapf's district.
Snigdha, 14, outlasted her competitors over 13 rounds of competition in
National Harbor, Md., last month and emerged the winner when she spelled
“guetapens” correctly. The French-derived word means an ambush, snare or
The teen returned home to final examinations that finished the school
year and, while planning to relax over the summer, has big plans for her
“Well, I want to go into medicine, probably psychiatry and maybe
neuroscience,” Snigdha told the council members. “I would like to go to
Harvard but, yeah, we'll see how that turns out.”
She also said appearing on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show” was “really fun.”
A jesting Councilman Carl DeMaio challenged her to spell
“amortization,” which he said was an important word in his pension reform
efforts. After he gave her a definition, she spelled it correctly.
Snigdha is the second Southern Californian to win the Scripps National
Spelling Bee, which began in 1925, following Anurag Kashyap of Poway, the 2005
Snigdha won $30,000 from Scripps, which owns television stations and
newspapers; 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.