Aneesh a con­fi­dent word­smith

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

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.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Aneesh Chakra­vathula is feel­ing con­fi­dent as he pre­pares for to­day’s spell­ing bee.

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