Date published: Mon 15 May 2017
Author: S. Lawson
Upper First Form pupil, Ilia Saedghipour, won the regional Spanish Spelling Bee final last week, qualifying for the national final, to be held on 30 June, in Cambridge.
The competition is organised by Routes Into Languages, who promote the learning of languages across the country, and is comprised of four stages. Nyal Patel won the Class competition in Michaelmas Term, with Ollie Stanley and Samuel Burke, making it through the School competition to compete in the regional finals alongside Ilia. Competitors are required to translate words from English into Spanish and then spell them correctly in Spanish. The winner is the competitor who can correctly pronounce and spell the most number of words in a minute, from a list of 150 words.
Whitgift student, Mihir Jagwani, won the overall competition last year, and we wish Ilia continued success for this year’s national final, for which he will need to learn 200 words. Ilia’s spelling record is over 20 words a minute, so the School has high hopes; Whitgift’s Teacher of Modern Languages, Mr Ben Morris, commented, “An excellent achievement by Ilia. He has every chance of doing well at the National Spanish Spelling Bee final in June.”