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Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego, California, right, gets
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Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego, California, right, gets a big kiss from her mother moments after winning the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland. (May 31, 2012)(Credit: MCT)

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Spelling Bee 2012

The televised rounds of the 2012 Spelling Bee start May 31, 2012 with 50 semifinalists. The opening rounds of the event took place on May 30, 2012 in Oxon Hill, Md.