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Spelling Bee Success

Spelling Bee Success
East Midlands winners; Joshua, Anna, George and Joe with their certificates.
Tuesday 12th April 2011 by C. Freeman

Congratulations to our Year 7 students who are to compete in the national finals of a Spanish Spelling Bee. George Coles, Joshua Roberts, Anna Boyd and Joe Tyler won the East Midlands round of the competition and will now face other regional champions at the final at Cambridge University in July.

The competition, which is run by Routes into Language, means that students have to memorise up to 200 words. They are given one minute to spell as many randomly generated words as possible, using the correct Spanish alphabet and including any accents.

The students have been practising their vocabulary since being selected to take part back in February. All the hard work paid off when they faced schools from Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire at regional heats in Nottingham.

Anna said: ‘People who studied Spanish, French and German were all taking part in separate competitions. There were more schools competing in the Spanish category compared to the others. I liked watching everyone else do their rounds, it was quite interesting.’

Joe was the first competitor from Brooke Weston. He said: ‘We were surprised when we won because we heard the other schools who went before us and thought that they were pretty good. It was quite exciting.'

The quartet were presented with commemorative certificates by Principal Miss Stringer during assembly and Anna also received a plaque for her joint third place in the individual competition. Miss Stringer told them: ‘To have beaten schools from across the East Midlands is an absolutely phenomenal achievement and I am so proud of you all. Good luck in the final!’

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