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teen-girl-wins-national-spelling-beeThe Spelling Bee Winner Has Been Announced!

Many of us have been watching the National Spelling Bee and the contest came to a close Thursday night when Snigdha Nandipati was the only one left standing. She has said that during the spelling bee she did hear a few words that she didn't know, but fortunately when it was her turn to step up to the microphone, she could spell. Snigdha Nandipati stepped up to the microphone throughout the spelling bee with a calm poise. The last word that she had to spell was "guetapens," a French word which translates into snare, ambush or trap. But we're sure you all knew that. Ha!

Spelling Bee Winner

After Snigdha Nandipati spelled the word, guetapens, there was a bit of a pause as to whether she was the winner, but then confetti began to rain down on her, the crowd applauded and her brother ran up on stage to hug her as she smiled. Nandipati would like to become a neurosurgeon or physician one day. She is fluent in the Indian language Telugu, and plays the violin. Nandipati was a semifinalist last year and has become the fifth consecutive Indian-American victor and the 10th in the past 14 years. Nandipati's prizes include $30,000, a $2,500 savings bond, a trophy, a $5,000 scholarship, an online language course and $2,600 in reference works with Encyclopedia Britannica.

Eleven Words Adults Can't Spell

Never mind all those confusing words from the spelling bee. Following are 11 words adults most commonly misspell:

  1. Occasion
  2. Fiery
  3. Embarrassed
  4. Restaurant
  5. Vacuum
  6. Loose
  7. Daiquiri
  8. Independent
  9. Recommend
  10. Separate
  11. Misspell

Note the correct spellings above. Can you relate? We can! Thank goodness for spell check!

Photo Credit: CBS News

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