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Hard-fought final in Spelling Bee contest

Hard-fought final in Spelling Bee contest
Spelling finalist Evie Walker and champion Amelia Sulch with her trophy and prize.
Wednesday 9th December 2015 by C. Freeman

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the recent Spelling Bee contest, particularly Amelia Sulch and Evie Walker who were so evenly matched in the recent final that the lead kept changing throughout. The competition was eventually won by Amelia, from Year 8, who has also been crowned regional champion in the Spanish spelling bee earlier in the year.

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 were given a core list of words to revise. Champions from 21 tutor groups were put forward for the grand final in the Weston Theatre. Mr Duguid read each contestant a randomly selected word which they had to repeat and spell correctly. Those who were incorrect were eliminated, leaving Amelia and Evie as the final two. They battled it out with words as diverse as Pharaoh, minuscule and constellation before Amelia finally won. She was presented with a Kindle Fire and will have her name engraved on the Spelling Bee trophy.

Afterwards she said: ‘I was so nervous and then we got onto the words that I hadn’t learned and had no idea about! I do read a lot of books and I think that helps but when I am doing something like this I practice as much as I can.’ Evie Walker, from Year 7, said: ‘! I wasn’t expecting to get through all the rounds but I did enjoy it though I am glad it is over because there were some words that I had never heard of!’

Mr Duguid, who organised the event, said: ‘I didn’t expect the two finalists to match each other for both right and wrong answers so it was really hard fought and it showed the breadth of knowledge between year groups, which was good. There was an initial hundred words for everybody to learn. The tutors tested their student to find a tutor group champion. All of the words and the order of students was randomised t make it fair. In total over 160 words were read out meaning that there were around 20 words that the contestants hadn’t heard of before or had a chance to practice so the lead kept swapping and changing. The audience were very supportive, cheering on their friends and we had a good prize to present at the end as well.’

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