Round one suc­cess for spell­ing bee pair

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents Flynn Drysdale- Dunn and Awhina Pearce have spelt their way through to the Hamil­ton Re­gional Spell­ing Bee to be held in Au­gust.

In June, Flynn and Awhina, along with 10 other stu­dents, had to spell 100 words and gain a score over 72 cor­rect to go through to the next round.

Some of the trick­i­est words in round one in­cluded an­te­dilu­vian (very old or old-fash­ioned); syco- phant (a person who praises pow­er­ful peo­ple to get their ap­proval); and troglodyte (a cave dweller).

The next step in­volves them learn­ing 100 words ( in­clud­ing chamois, fusil­lade, pariah and ghoul­ish) as well as read­ing widely, in prepa­ra­tion for the semi­fi­nal in Hamil­ton.

There they will have a writ­ten test of 10 words from the list as well as another 10 un­seen words be­fore mov­ing on to a knock­out round where the words have to be spelt out loud.

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SPELL­ING BEE: Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents, Flynn Drysdale-Dunn, left, and Awhina Pearce have spelt their way through to the Hamil­ton Re­gional Spell­ing Bee to be held in Au­gust.

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