A total of 13 students from three Dhaka schools were selected for the second divisional round as the first round of The Daily Star Spelling Bee's third season, hosted by champs21.com and powered by Horlicks, continued yesterday.
Of the students, three are from The City School, four from Saint Jude's International School and six from YWCA Higher Secondary Girls' School.
The spelling competition is witnessing that participants who maintain a calm nerve are increasingly attaining success.
There is enough time to think over the word as contestants can ask for the four clues to be repeated to them as many times as they want before they start spelling.
However, they can neither take back words once they start spelling it nor will be repeated to them the four clues -- the part of speech the word is, the word's English and Bangla meaning and its use in a sentence.
Moreover, a spelling app, Spellato 2014, is available in Google Play Store for free to help participants improve skills. It is also available in PDF format at champs21.com.
The first round is being held for students, except SSC examinees and O level candidates, from class VI-X of 200 English and Bangla medium schools in seven divisions alongside on the web at www.champs21.com all throughout February. Those selected will sit for the second divisional round next month.