Maria Fernandes | NT KURIOCITY
Sometimes, just one letter makes the difference!
Pritha Nabar a standard 10 student of G S Amonkar Vidya Mandir, Mapusa and Aiden Trinidade, a standard six student of St Britto’s, Mapusa were declared winners in the senior and junior category, respectively, at the finale of Spell-Bee 2018 which was held on October 5 at Dempo House, Panaji.
The All Goa spelling competition was organised by The Navhind Times in collaboration with the department of Events Management, S S Dempo College of Commerce and Economics to enable school students to test and improve their spelling skills and cultivate a healthy competitive spirit.
Two weeks after the first round in which 370 students participated, only 40 made it to the final round and participants put up a tough fight to make it to the winners list. The finale consisted of three rounds and after two fierce rounds only 20 of the 40 made it to the third round.
The 20 finalists had to go through a gruelling time which had the audience biting their nails and sitting at the edge of their seats. Each finalist fought gallantly to stay in the race and there were ties in both categories. After an exciting tie-breaker five winners were declared in each category.
The judges for the competition were associate professor, English, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa, Sunita Mesquita; associate professor, English, S S Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Cujira, Augusto Pinto and communication skills coach and proprietor of Speaking Studio, a persona and skill development centre, Runa Menezes.
“It was a first-of-its-kind endeavour on such a large scale organised by The Navhind Times and Dempo College. I would like to congratulate both the parties for a fruitful collaboration and for giving students a platform to showcase their distinctive talents in the world of words,” said Sunita Mesquita. “It was heartening to see the effort and hard work put in by the participants as well as the organisers,” she added.
Winners were awarded certificates, trophies and prizes sponsored by Faber Castel and Delta Technologies. The chief guest at the valedictory function was secretary, Education department, Nila Mohanan. Speaking on the occasion she congratulated participants and encouraged the love of reading and learning spellings. Also present on the dais were principal, S S Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Radhika Nayak and editor, The Navhind Times, Arun Sinha.
After the success of its maiden spelling competition, The Navhind Times is looking forward to the next edition in 2019.