Corby students talk their way into national Spelling Bee finals

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Young linguists from Corby have swept the board at a major foreign languages competition.

Three students from Brooke Weston Academy and one from Corby Business Academy won the top four places at the regional final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee.

Amelia Sulch from Brooke Weston Academy

Amelia Sulch from Brooke Weston Academy

Their success means the four Year 7 students will represent the region at the national final of the prestigious contest.

Corby Business Academy principal John Henrys said: “CBA has hosted the Routes Into Languages Spelling Bee regional final for the last four years.

“The skills that the students display never fails to amaze me.”

The first, third and fourth places at the regional final were won by Brooke Weston’s Amelia Sulch, Olivia Miller and Aleksa Trkulja respectively and second place was won by Corby Business Academy’s Karolina Kontor.

Amelia achieved her personal best in the competition, correctly spelling 24 Spanish words in just one minute.

The students have already learned 150 words and they will have to learn another 50 before the next stage of the competition.

They practise after school each week with teachers Miss Prats and Mrs Hibberd.

During the regional event nearly 100 Year 7 students from more than 40 schools were tested on their knowledge of French, Spanish or German.

The students were given one minute to spell out as many words in their chosen foreign language as they could.

The word was read out to them in English then the student had to spell the word in the foreign language, including any accents.

Amelia said: “The competition was held at Corby Business Academy and we split into three separate classrooms to do our own specific language.

“Then everyone went into the hall and they announced the four people who were going to the nationals in Cambridge.

“Those people had to compete again at the front and they announced the results in reverse order.

“I was expecting to get second because the other girl, who was second placed, was really fast but I actually got first. I was very excited.

“In the classroom I did 22 words and in the round where I became regional champion I did 24 which is my personal best.”

The competition is organized by Routes Into Languages East which is based at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridgeshire.

The national final will be held in Cambridge on July 3.