Live With Kelly: Spelling Bee Champion Snigdha Nandipati


Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion Snigdha Nandipati

The prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee has a new champion, and she is 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati from San Diego, California. Snigdha beat out other kids from all over America to become the winner of the 85th annual competition. Today she joined Kelly and Bryant to test out her superb spelling skills.

Snigdha Nandipati: 2012 Scripps Spelling Bee Winner

2012 Scripps Spelling Bee Champion Snigdha Nandapati competed in "To Bee or Not to Be" with Kelly and Bryant Gumbel.


When she joined Kelly and Bryant, Snigdha told them that this was her second time at the spelling bee. The first time, she placed 27th. In order to advance, she realized that she had to work extra hard, and she had lots of help from her father.

Live With Kelly: Spelling Bee Study Strategies

Snigdha’s dad actually created a computer program that extracted information from the dictionary and then created practice tests in order to help her study. Looks like brains really run in the family!

Snigdha said that she learned about 2-3,000 words a day in preparation for the competition. Kelly was shocked, asking, “are there that many words?”


Live With Kelly: 2012 Scripps Spelling Bee Winner

Kelly told Snigdha that she was eliminated from her school spelling bee with the word “pasteurize.” Snigdha tried to be polite, but Bryant pointed out that she was hiding some laughter.

Snigdha is also great at math, and hopes to one day become a neurosurgeon. Kelly pointed out that the math champion that appeared on the show a few weeks ago, Chad Chen, also wanted to be a neurosurgeon. She gave Snigdha the same advice that she gave Chad: become a plastic surgeon instead!

Live With Kelly: “To Bee or Not to Be”

Kelly and Bryant set up a little spelling bee of their own entitled “To Bee or Not to Be,” where they went head to head with Snigdha. Snigdha’s first word was ‘kneippism,’ which is defined as the treatment of disease by hydrotherapy. Not surprisingly, she spelled it correctly.

Kelly and Bryant were not so lucky with their word, which was ‘flibbertigibbet;’ it means a chattery,  flighty person. They were pretty close, but no cigar!

Once again, Snigdha prevailed, winning a Live With Kelly trophy. Congratulations to Snigdha for all of her hard work!


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