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Children battle it out in national spell bee contest

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A total of 354 school students take part in the competition

Young children at the regional qualifier of the Wiz National Spell Bee contest in Tirupur on Sunday.—Photo: R. VIMAL KUMAR
Young children at the regional qualifier of the Wiz National Spell Bee contest in Tirupur on Sunday.—Photo: R. VIMAL KUMAR

The state-level regional qualifier of the Wiz National Spell Bee contest held here on Sunday was not just a fun filled activity but a proof that the adults’ complaints of ‘SMS and auto spell check’ revolutions wrecking the spell powers of children cannot be totally justified.

A total of 354 school students from Standard I to Standard XII, segregated into six groups on the age basis, took part in the contest with some of them came up with exemplary spelling skills proving that the English language usage is not on the brink in the current era of electronic mailing.

The tests were a mix of both oral and written posing the children with tougher words as they move on while spelling a particular word correct.

“The word bank used for testing the skills have been prepared by a panel of eminent academicians and English teachers and one of the students in a particular category even spelled correctly up to 131 of the 200 words posed to him,” Jose Sebastian, Regional Manager (South India) of Wiz National Spell Bee, told The Hindu.

Some of the parents who accompanied their boys and girls to the venue said that they made the children go through quality dictionaries for many days as a preparation to the event.

Top five children in each of the six categories were given cash prizes and citations.

Mega final

“But to know the qualifiers for the mega final in the State, one has to wait for the results of the six other regional qualifiers scheduled in the State. Top 10 scorers from among all contestants in the seven regional qualifiers in respective categories, will contest in the mega state final which acts as a screening event to the National final scheduled in Kolkata later this year,” Sheetal Gandhi, district coordinator of Wiz National Spell Bee, said.

A total of 354 school students take part in the competition

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