Year 7 student Anna Boyd beat off competition from 33,000 other competitors to take part in the final of a language spelling bee competition. Anna was one of only 33 Spanish linguists to reach the final in the national contest. They had to spell as many words as possible in one minute using the foreign pronunciation of the alphabet. Students competed in French, German and Spanish during the event run by Routes into Language at Homerton College in Cambridge.
It was the first time that the competition has been run at national level. Teacher Miss Pape, who accompanied Anna and her father, said: ‘By my reckoning Anna got 12 correct in a minute so she did really well, especially to get in the top 33 students from a field of 33,000. Anna is really positive about languages now, she thinks it is a great experience and we are hoping to take part in the event next year.’
Anna said: ‘It was really exciting and quite nerve-racking as well. There were 200 words I had to know how to spell and I could have been asked any of them. It has made me learn a lot more Spanish vocabulary. I felt honoured to be at the competition; it was such a good experience.’