super spellers shine in national competition
Burnham-On-Sea students have completed a gruelling spelling challenge
in front of a big crowd at the regional heats of The Times
2010 Spelling Bee Competition.
Year 7 pupils from King Alfred School, pictured here, finished
in an impressive third position overall during the highly competitive
event in Bristol.
1,000 schools across the UK have entered this year, and Burnham's
Sam Constance, Ben Ayers and Rory Edwards had to battle it out
against teams from seven other schools to try and reach the Regional
pressure was on in the first round, where the aim was to be the
last speller standing.
one by one, spellers from across the south west were eliminated,
Sam showed his coolness under pressure and managed to survive
into the top 5. This performance helped to give the team a half
way placing of fifth with 16 points.
free half-time popcorn seemed to inspire the boys on, because
in the second round of 'quick fire spelling' they showed brilliant
made the decision to go for single point words and it proved an
excellent tactic as they rattled through the words and earned
28 points by spelling 28 words correctly in two minutes.
was then a case of waiting and seeing how other schools performed.
In the end, though, no one bettered their second half haul and
the overall total of 44 points took them into the top three.
wasn't quite enough to send them through to the next round, but
it was an outstanding performance - well done boys," the
school's Paul Lockett told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
the words they had to spell out during the competition were nepotism,
incredulous, expostulates, pianissimo and, the most memorable
of the afternoon, bivouac!"