Aneesh a confident wordsmith
ANEESH Chakravathula is only 10 years old but can spell asymmetrical and psychology without a second thought — and better than most adults.
The Year 4 student from Mt Druitt Public School has been selected from more than 134,000 students statewide to compete in the NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee today.
Aneesh won the regional competition earlier in the year, having spelled the word “thespian” correctly. However, he said his favourite word was “mistletoe”.
Despite going up against the state’s best spellers, Aneesh said he was not worried about the competition.
“I am not nervous. I have been reading and practising a lot but I will have a break a few days before the competition,” he said.
His teacher, Valerie Fischer, said she was not surprised by Aneesh’s success.
“He has good general knowledge and he reads a lot. He rattles off words without any stress or concern. He is just a really good speller,” she said.
Aneesh, will compete against 42 others in the junior divison, while Edward Cruz, from St Marys South Public School, will compete against 44 students for the senior state title in Ultimo this afternoon.
Aneesh Chakravathula is feeling confident as he prepares for today’s spelling bee.