Spelling Bee students prepare for regional competition
"I really want to win and get a big trophy," says Spelling Bee participant
B.C. students are preparing for Saturday's regional Spelling Bee of Canada championships. While the competition is tough, none of the participants seemed too worried.
"I'm eight-years-old and I'm in Grade 4. I skipped a grade so I think I can win this," said Ekjot Bhatia.
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He was among 161 primary students competing for one of the 30 qualifying spots.
Participants have been preparing for months and in some interesting ways.
"Skittle spelling! If I get a word wrong mom gets to eat the Skittles," said eight-year-old Sydney Shirran, who travelled with her mother from Campbell River to compete.
'Win a big trophy'
The students didn't shy away from sharing their motivations for competing.
"I really want to win badly and win a big trophy and impress my dad," said seven-year-old Afsana Dosanjh.
For Bhatia it was more about the prize money, "I will go straight to Toys "R" Us and go find something good and buy it."
He and other competitors will take to the stage in front an auditorium full of proud parents.
"It is not just about spelling, it is about character building," said Jas Bhatia. "How to be patient, wait for their turn and if they spell it wrong to cheer for their friends."
"I'm extremely proud," said Kal Dosanjh. "But more importantly, competition of this nature is positive because it lets them explore more avenues of themselves and shows the result of that commitment."
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