Congratulations to Year 7 student Olivia Miller who has come second in a national language Spelling Bee that attracted more than 22,000 students. The Routes into Languages event tests students on their ability to spell and recite correct spellings in one of four languages.
Olivia, Amelia Sulch and Aleksa Trkulja all from Year 7, qualified for the national event after being placed in the top four in the Spanish category of the regional finals. Amelia came first in that phase. The trio were among just 35 people overall who qualified for the Spanish national heat, which took place at Anglia Ruskin university.
Aleksa said: ‘I had a really great time because there were a lot of people there and they were all happy. We had one heat, four finalists went through then they had to battle it out for first place.’
Amelia said: ‘We have been practising with Miss Prats. Doing this has made us a lot more aware of Spanish, including colours, numbers, days of the week, months and different countries. We had a lot of fun practising and it was very sociable. We had 200 words to memorise and the competition was very good.’
Olivia said: ‘I worked really hard and am really pleased because I came second overall. I got some long words in the first round but in the final I got the same score as another competitor so I had to do a tie-break. In the final you recite the words in front of everyone included the other competitors from all of the categories plus their parents and teachers.
'I was presented with a little wooden shield to keep. Miss Prats was really proud of all of us because we all did really well, especially just to get to the nationals. 22,000 people started the competition and we all got in the top four of the regionals. I now find it easier to memorise words and also find it easy to pick up on Spanish vocabulary now that we have done this challenge and we have all got quite good at pronunciation as well.’