North Yorkshire Schools Spelling Bee Competition
North Yorkshire Schools Spelling Bee – Thursday 5 July
Thursday 5th July saw the Inaugural North Yorkshire Schools Spelling Bee take place at St John Fisher Catholic High School in Harrogate. Of the eight schools involved in the planning, 6 submitted teams of Key Stage Three students to battle it out and separate who spells well from who spells best.
Students competed either as individuals or as teams having to spell one letter of the word each in turn and all of the spellers did themselves proud as they spelled their way through increasingly challenging words, reaching the mind-boggling heights of “dysfunctional,” “ubiquitous” and “bureaucracy.”
Rossett school reigned supreme; spelling their way to victory in the individual tournament – won deservedly by Zain Punnu and the team tournament thanks to the teamwork of Will Hick (Captain), Dylan Heywood, Zain Punnu, Zain Asifand Alvie O’Brien. Amy Plummer of Tadcaster Grammar School came runner up as an individual speller and St John Fisher’s was the runner up team. All spellers deserve huge congratulations for their courage in taking part and for their excellent spelling abilities.
Organiser Mr Kilby said, “I want to thank all of the students and teachers for their preparations in the run up to this exciting tournament and also the parents, grandparents, friends and our PTA who came along to support the young people. In a world where so much is said by spell-checked email or – even worse – by meme, it is amazing to be able to celebrate such impressive literacy amongst North Yorkshire students.”
The competing schools were Harrogate High School, King James School, Sherburn High School, Rossett High School, St John Fisher Catholic High School and Tadcaster Grammar School.