Indian-origin girl among Australia’s three best spellers of 2021

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosts the winners of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee competition Arielle Wong, 10 (year 3,4 winner), Theekshitha Karthik, 12 (year 5,6 winner), Evan Luc-Tran, 13 (year 7,8 winner) and presents them with their trophies at Parliament House on November 29, 2021. Picture: Adam Taylor

Theekshitha Karthik from Haileybury College, Victoria, is among the three 2021 national winners of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee competition.

Karthik won in the Year 5/6 category, while Arielle Wong from Donvale Christian College, Victoria was winner in the Year 3/4 category and Evan Luc-Tran from The McDonald College, NSW, won in the Year 7/8 category.

This year’s best young spellers met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison today after winning the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee in June.

The Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee is a national spelling competition for school children from Years 3 to 8 that aims to promote and encourage students’ oral and written literacy and spelling skills.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosts the winners of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee competition Arielle Wong, 10 (year 3,4 winner), Theekshitha Karthik, 12 (year 5,6 winner), Evan Luc-Tran, 13 (year 7,8 winner) and presents them with their trophies at Parliament House on November 29, 2021. Picture: Adam Taylor

All participants had 15 minutes to spell 30 words, with the winners determined by the accuracy and speed of submitting their answers online.

The finalists had to tackle words like connoisseur, and meteorological.

“I want to thank all students who had a go this year and challenged their spelling skills, and special congratulations to Arielle, Theekshitha and Evan on their achievements,” the Prime Minister said.

“No matter what you want to be when you grow up, spelling and reading are foundation skills that will stay with you for life, and are important to your wellbeing, future learning and success.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosts the winners of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee competition Arielle Wong, 10 (year 3,4 winner), Theekshitha Karthik, 12 (year 5,6 winner), Evan Luc-Tran, 13 (year 7,8 winner) and presents them with their trophies at Parliament House on November 29, 2021. Picture: Adam Taylor

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said almost 21,000 students from 490 schools across the country participated in this year’s Spelling Bee.

“Congratulations to every student who took part this year, and I encourage families, teachers and young people to talk to their local school about taking part again in 2022,” Minister Tudge said.

The Prime Minister’s National Spelling Bee will be hosted by News Corp’s Kids News on the kidsnews.com.au website.

The free competition will be held digitally, with no physical competition elements and will run in Term 3, 2022, and registrations are planned to open on Monday, 25 July 2022.


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