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Emilia wins Spelling Bee title with enthusiasm

Students go letter-to-letter in bid to be crowned State’s best speller.

Emilia McCarthy, junior division winner

Winners are grinners: Junior Spelling Bee champion Emilia McCarthy.

Emilia McCarthy has an irredeemable enthusiasm for spelling after winning the Premier’s Junior Spelling Bee today.

It was the Glenmore Park Public School student’s correct spelling of those two words in the ninth and 10th round of the final that pushed her ahead of second-placed Callan Peterson of Belair Public School in Newcastle.

Emilia, nine, and Callan, 10, were the final two contestants in the junior competition, which is open to students in Years 3 and 4 and the senior final open to Years 5 and 6 students.

ABC radio announcer Wendy Harmer was the announcer for the junior event with her colleague Chris Bath stepping in for the senior competition, held at the Eugene Goossens Hall at the ABC’s Ultimo headquarters.

The senior final was won by McCallum Kho, from Ryde Public School, who claimed the title by spelling egotistical correctly. Alexandria Noonan, from Jerrabomberra Public School, was the senior final runner-up.

The finals involved 100 students from 20 schools across NSW with nine schools represented in both the junior and senior finals.

They were:

  • Albury Public School
  • Georges Hall Public School
  • Glenmore Park Public School
  • Gosford Public School
  • Holsworthy Public School
  • Jerrabomberra Public School
  • Orange Public School
  • Sturt Public School

Premier Gladys Berejiklian attended the junior spelling bee and congratulated all the finalists who competed today.

“The Spelling Bee is always a highlight on the education calendar and a great way for students to show their literacy skills,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“To see these young students so enthusiastically challenge themselves to master language gives me great confidence in our schools and the passion for learning our teachers instil. To have made it through to the state final is an extraordinary achievement and I congratulate all the competitors for reaching this level.”

The 2018 Premier’s Spelling Bee has seen a record participation of 170,000 students from almost 1,000 public schools in NSW.

The Premier’s Spelling Bee was introduced in 2004 as a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage in spelling. The program includes activities to encourage all students to improve their vocabulary and spelling and to promote literacy skills in combination with the English K-6 Syllabus.

NSW students perform strongly in spelling in NAPLAN (the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy). This year NSW was ranked first in Australia in spelling across all year groups (Years 3, 5, 7 and 9).

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