Spelling champs for teen
All that reading has paid off and 14-year-old Georgia Bagge is off to Wellington today to compete in the national spelling bee championships.
The year 9 Queen Charlotte College student came second at the regional championships in Christchurch and had been studying hard for the national contest this weekend.
The top students from the five regional tournaments will test their spelling ability against each other. It is open to students in years 9 and 10.
Georgia said her stepfather heard about the competition on the radio and encouraged her to do it because he knew she was good at spelling.
Then a month later, she also heard about it through the school and entered. Queen Charlotte College tested pupils across the school, giving them 50 words to practice and then testing them on another 50 words. From there, it was off to the regional contest.
She credits her enjoyment of books to boosting her ability to spell, although she says her father was also good at English too. Her preference was for fiction, but she liked to read a bit of everything.
"I read lots, English is my favourite subject . . . I read a little of everything. I grab books off the shelf at the library."
Her spelling prowess was becoming known at school, Georgia said.
"People ask me to spell stuff now. It's embarrassing when I get it wrong."
Queen Charlotte College principal Tom Parsons congratulated Georgia on her achievement making the national finals.
- The Marlborough Express