In­sa­tiable de­sire for writ­ten word pro­pels Yap to fi­nal stage

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SEREM­BAN: Vanessa Yap Zi Yuan has al­ways loved to read, an in­ter­est she de­vel­oped since she was very young.

“I was able to read since I was in kinder­garten. I love hor­ror and thriller nov­els,” said the Year Five pupil from Seko­lah Je­nis Ke­bangsaan Chung Hwa here.

Yap, the youngest of three sib­lings, said it was from read­ing that she man­aged to broaden her knowl­edge and im­prove her English vo­cab­u­lary.

“I love to look at words, es­pe­cially new and bom­bas­tic words. I look for the mean­ing and then use those words in con­ver­sa­tions,” she said at her house in Ta­man Jade Hill here.

Yap said read­ing as many books as pos­si­ble pre­pared her for RHB New Straits Times Spel­lIt-Right (SIR) Na­tional challenge, where she will be rep­re­sent­ing the state in the fi­nal on Oct 21.

The com­pe­ti­tion will mark her first par­tic­i­pa­tion in SIR.

“I’m ex­cited and anx­ious. I didn’t ex­pect that my first at­tempt will bring me to the fi­nal stage. I’m proud to rep­re­sent Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan and my school. My fam­ily, teach­ers and friends have been sup­port­ive from the start.”

For Ashv­inaa Balachan­dran, former cham­pion of the SIR challenge for the pri­mary school cat­e­gory in 2014, her par­tic­i­pa­tion this year in the secondary school cat­e­gory was a per­sonal achieve­ment.

“Win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion three years ago gave me ex­po­sure. I know what to ex­pect for the com­pe­ti­tion. It is go­ing to be a tough fight,” said the 15-year-old from SMK King Ge­orge V here.

Fresh from com­plet­ing her PT3 ex­am­i­na­tions, Ashv­inaa said she would pre­pare for the fi­nals.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to do my best again and hope­fully I will be able to make every­one, in­clud­ing my fam­ily, teach­ers and friends, proud,” Ashv­inaa, who reads the dic­tio­nary and news­pa­pers, said.

In Me­laka, first-timer, R. Kuhan Kart­tikeyn, 16, is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing fel­low spell­ers next week.

Kuhan said he had al­ways been in­ter­ested to join the challenge even dur­ing his pri­mary school days in Ipoh, Perak, but due to sev­eral rea­sons, he al­ways ended up not do­ing so.

“I’m happy that I got the chance to par­tic­i­pate,” said Kuhan.

“I was shocked and did not ex­pect to win be­cause I spelt only nine out of 14 words cor­rectly in the pre­lim­i­nary round, but scored a full mark in the state challenge.”

Adam Hakimi Mohd Shahril Izuan, 12, from SK Ayer Keroh said he gets but­ter­flies in his stom­ach even though this would be his fifth time par­tic­i­pat­ing in SIR.

“It is go­ing to be chal­leng­ing in the fi­nals but I be­lieve I can do it.”

(From left) Vanessa Yap Zi Yuan, Ashv­inaa Balachan­dran, R. Kuhan Kart­tikeyn and Adam Hakimi Mohd Shahril Izuan

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