‘So­lil­o­quy’ the magic word for Cromwell team

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - TOM KITCHIN

‘‘SO­LIL­O­QUY’’ was the tough word of the night at the year 9­10 Otago Daily Times Ex­tra! Cen­tral Otago spelling quiz last night and one team from Cromwell College says it was thanks to that word that they won.

‘‘Win­ning was the first high­light of the night,’’ Cromwell College pupil Molly Chris­tiansen said.

‘‘But spelling ‘so­lil­o­quy’ was the sec­ond.’’

Team­mates Kaishee Sharma and Daisy­Leigh Nor­ton agreed.

‘‘It was ac­tu­ally quite en­joy­able,’’ Kaishee said.

‘‘We kind of didn’t know our teams but we won.’’

‘‘It’s sur­pris­ing,’’ Daisy said.

The team knew each other from school but only came to­gether just be­fore they en­tered the quiz room.

But that seemed to pay off for the three girls.

‘‘We thought we were go­ing to come last,’’ Molly said.

‘‘We were just go­ing to wing it and hope for the best . . . [the an­nouncer] said ‘Cromwell College’ [won] and we thought ‘wait, it was us?’’’

Although Molly said they were ‘‘crack­ing up at the end’’ and could not hold in their laugh­ter, they were happy to come away with the top prize.

Nearly 50 year 9­10 school pupils from Cromwell College, Wakatipu High, Man­iototo Area and Roxburgh Area schools bat­tled it out to be crowned spelling cham­pion.

Ex­tra! edi­tor Tricia Rowe said it was the first year 9­10 Ex­tra! quiz she had or­gan­ised.

‘‘It was hard to find words [for the ques­tions] and to pitch it at the right level.

‘‘But they tried ev­ery­thing and the teach­ers were sup­port­ive — they said it was quite good to have chal­leng­ing words.’’

Mrs Rowe said the next Ex­tra! quizzes would be all about cur­rent events and would be held in Septem­ber in Ti­maru, Cromwell, Christchurch and Dunedin.

❛ [When they] said Cromwell College [won] we thought ‘wait, it was

us?’

Ac­tion from the Spelling Quiz (clock­wise from above, names from left):

1. Otago Daily Times Ex­tra! Cen­tral Otago Year 9­10 spelling quiz win­ners Kaishee Sharma (13), DaisyLeine Nor­ton (13) and Molly Chris­tiansen (13), of Cromwell College.

3. Ben Voice, Tyla Spooner and Dy­lan Con­nell (all 14), of Man­iototo Area School, de­lib­er­ate over a tough word.

2. Sian Crichton, Jen­nifer Bro­gan and Lucy Laws (all 13), of Cromwell College, be­lieve laugh­ter is the best medicine for solv­ing a tricky spelling prob­lem.

Jes­samy Wales (14), Holly Pringle (14) and Ge­or­gia Buchan (14) of Roxburgh Area School put their minds to work.

4. Micah Walther, Tom Bai­ley and Ol­lie Bai­ley (all 13), of Wakatipu High School, deep in thought.

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