Staff Reporter

Students qualified for oral round were short-listed to take part in the State-level competition, which will be held in Kochi in May.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Over 700 students from some of the leading city schools took part in a spelling competition organised by Marrs International Spelling Bee in association with the Cambridge University Press at Nirmala Bhavan Higher Secondary School on Tuesday.

The competition open to students from class I to XII was held in six categories according to their age and class. The event began with a written preliminary round during which 15 words were given to the students in jumbled order. For students in class I and II, category I, the task was to identify the correct spelling from a list of 10 words. The words were graded to match the age and class of the participants.

The round was followed up with an oral session. Students qualified for oral round were short-listed to take part in the State-level competition, which will be held at Kochi in May. While category I witnessed the maximum participation with as many as 300 contestants turning up for the event, the minimum participation was in category VI (class XI and XII), 50 contestants. The organisers attributed it to the ongoing board examinations.

As a run up to the event every participant of the competition was given a free preparatory booklet containing about 1,000 words and exercises used for the competition. Around 70 per cent of the words and exercises for the school and district level competition were sourced from this booklet.

A total of 18 winners were selected from the six categories by evening. The winners will represent Thiruvananthapuram at the State-level championship.

Three winners in each category at the State-level competition will take part in the national-level championship to be held in Goa in June. Dubbed as the "first spelling competition" in Asia, Marrs International Selling Be competition is conducted in 18 States across the country in addition to the United Arab Emirates.

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