The Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee has been crowning champions since 1925 with kids under 16 clinching the title on words such as chlorophyll, esquamulose and xanthosis.

Here's a look at the eight most recent winners and their winning words (along with and the local newspapers that sponsored them). This includes Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego who won the 2012 championship Thursday night in Washington.

Spelling Bee Champions And Winning Words

2012: Snigdha Nandipati
 

2012: Snigdha Nandipati

Snigdha Nandipati (San Diego Union-Tribune)

2012: Snigdha Nandipati
 

2012: Snigdha Nandipati

Snigdha Nandipati (San Diego Union-Tribune)

2011: Sukanya Roy
 

2011: Sukanya Roy

Sukanya Roy (Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)

2011: Sukanya Roy
 

2011: Sukanya Roy

Sukanya Roy (Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)

2010: Anamika Veeramani
 

2010: Anamika Veeramani

Anamika Veeramani (The Plain Dealer of Cleveland)

2010: Anamika Veeramani
 

2010: Anamika Veeramani

Anamika Veeramani (The Plain Dealer of Cleveland)

2009: Kavya Shivashankar
 

2009: Kavya Shivashankar

Kavya Shivashankar (Olathe News of Kansas)

2009: Kavya Shivashankar
 

2009: Kavya Shivashankar

Kavya Shivashankar (Olathe News of Kansas)

2008: Sameer Mishra
 

2008: Sameer Mishra

Sameer Mishra (Journal and Courier of Lafayette, Indiana)

2008: Sameer Mishra
 

2008: Sameer Mishra

Sameer Mishra (Journal and Courier of Lafayette, Indiana)

2007: Evan M. O'Dorney
 

2007: Evan M. O'Dorney

Evan M. O'Dorney (Contra Costa Times)

2007: Evan M. O'Dorney
 

2007: Evan M. O'Dorney

Evan M. O'Dorney (Contra Costa Times)

2006: Kerry Close
 

2006: Kerry Close

Kerry Close (Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune)

2006: Kerry Close
 

2006: Kerry Close

Kerry Close (Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune)

2005: Anurag Kashyap
 

2005: Anurag Kashyap

2005: Anurag Kashyap

2005: Anurag Kashyap
 

2005: Anurag Kashyap

2005: Anurag Kashyap

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Highlights of Nandipati's prize package are $30,000 in cash, a $2,500 savings bond and a $5,000 scholarship.

Runner-up Stuti Mishra of West Melbourne, Fla., got tripped up on the word schwarmerei.

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