Year 7 student Amelia Sulch is celebrating after winning a regional champion title in the recent Spelling Bee contest and she, along with two other Brooke Weston students, will compete in the national round in the summer.
The competition, run by Routes into Languages, is always fiercely contested. It involves participants learning lists of words and spelling them correctly in their native language. There are rounds in French, German and Spanish and the top four students in each go through to the next round.
Amelia achieved her personal best in the competition, correctly spelling 24 Spanish words in just one minute. Her Brooke Weston team-mates, Olivia Miller and Aleksa Trkulja came in at third and fourth place respectively in the Spanish heats, while Hanna Mazur competed in the German round of the competition. Amelia, Olivia and Aleksa will all be representing Brooke Weston at the national finals in Cambridge on 3 July.
The students have already learned 150 words and they will have to learn another 50 before the next stage of the competition. They practice after school each week with teachers Miss Prats and Mrs Hibberd.
Amelia said: ‘The competition was held at Corby Business Academy and we split into three separate classrooms to do our own specific language. Then everyone went into the hall and they announced the four people who were going to the nationals in Cambridge. Those people had to compete again at the front and they announced the results in reverse order. I was expecting to get second because the other girl, who was second placed, was really fast but I actually got first. I was very excited.
‘In the classroom I did 22 words and in the round where I became regional champion I did 24 which is my personal best. I did all the ones I was given because in the final round if you tie then the passes are counted so I try not to pass. I got a couple of long words but I also got some ones that were OK. It was a bit crazy. The top four all go to the nationals, so Olivia, Aleksa and I will all go to the nationals in Cambridge. I was very excited and I can’t quite believe it yet. My mum came with me to support me and she knows all the words as she has been practising with me. It is all down to hard work and a lot of practice. When it was all over Miss Prats congratulated us because she knew how hard we had worked.’