‘She has the hallmarks
of a true champion’
‘What impressed me the most was her meticulous approach
to breaking down the word she was asked to spell,’ notes
My interaction with Snigdha Nandipati during the 2012 Scri- pps National Spelling Bee was
very pleasant and friendly.
During the competition, Snigdha displayed several qualities that are the hallmarks of a true champion. She showed
very good sportsmanship, and was very
modest about her accomplishments after
While the onstage competition was hap-
pening, she exhibited her intelligence with
several words, such as ‘compas.’
When I came to know that Snigdha
came prepared with a victory speech to
the finals, I marveled at her confidence.
This was one speller who had a positive
attitude to the competition.
The reason for her confidence became
evident once she informed the press that
she studied for six hours every weekday,
and up to 12 hours on the weekend.
With that kind of hard work, she rightly
earned her spot at the top. I was
impressed by her demeanor throughout
She was cool and composed. During the
oral rounds, she was always cheerful. If
she was feeling any anxiety or pressure, it
didn’t show. I felt that she actually enjoyed
When I heard her laugh while repeated
the word ‘ajimez’ (an Arabic architectural
term), I could sense that she liked the
words, and that she had pleasant memories of studying the words being asked.
What could be a better way to get the
best out of what the Scripps National
Spelling Bee has to offer?
Preparation, hard work, and cheerful attitude all worked
in her favor, but what impressed me the most was her
meticulous approach to breaking down the word she was
asked to spell.
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The finalists at the Spelling Bee in 2012. Snigdha Nandipati, standing second from right, displayed several qualities
that are the hallmarks of a true champion. She showed very good sportsmanship, and was very modest about her accomplishments, says her then competitor and
later successor in victory, Arvind Mahankali, sitting second from right.
This was evident from the way she handled ‘compas’ (a
popular music of Haiti). I admired the way she tackled the
word, asking pointed and very unconventional questions
that ultimately helped her obtain very helpful clues involving the spelling puzzle.
In addition to that, she was able to use her good knowledge of word roots to break down certain words.
All in all, Snigdha earned every bit of her championship
prize, with her cool demeanor, hard work, and intelligent
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