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.
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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