The Scripps National Spelling Bee has concluded with Snighda Nadipati of San Diego being named the winner at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Fourteen year old Nadipati won in the 13th round after spelling the French word “guetapens,” which means ambush or trap.
With all the brain power and competitiveness of the 278 spellers, nine were chosen as finalist with Gifton Wright of Jamaica being one of the elites!
At 9:05pm tonight, Gifton Wright was out the competition in position four, after incorrectly spelling with ericeticolous - Gifton spelt the word with an “o.”
On his departure he received a standing ovation from his fellow spellers.
Gifton Wright of Spanish Town, Jamaica, became the second Jamaican winner in Scripps National Spelling Bee history.
Jody-Anne Maxwell from Kingston, Jamaica, was the winner of the 1998 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the age of 12.