12:00 AM, January 25, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 25, 2013

Schools tuned to spell-fest

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Shahnoor Rabbani

From top left, spellers of Saint Joseph Higher Secondary School, Udayan Higher Secondary School, Rangpur Cantonment Public School & College, bottom left, and Sylhet Govt Pilot High School holding their golden ticket to the Divisional Round of The Daily Star Spelling Bee contest yesterday.Photo: STAR

Selection of divisional round qualifiers for the Spelling Bee continued in full swing yesterday as judges from champs21.com visited six more schools across the country.
Three schools in Dhaka, one in Sylhet and two in Rangpur took part in the contest, bringing the number of divisional round qualifiers to 27.
Yesterday's schools are Saint Joseph Higher Secondary School, Don Bosco School & College and Udayan Higher Secondary School from Dhaka; Sylhet Govt Pilot High School, and Millennium School and Cantonment Public School from Rangpur.
From St Joseph, Raiyan Shahryar, Ishraq Hasan and Minhaz Sarkar Abeer -- all from class IX -- were selected after an intense battle of five rounds among 35 participants. The Josephites provided an intense and compelling competition where the judges had to resort to the section of "Hard words" in the word list to select the three best spellers.
Judges had to select four qualifiers from Udayan, instead of the usual three, after an impressive completion put up by students. Saffan Nur Rahman and Ahmed Mahir Sultan Rumi from class VIII and Kashfia Shams and Shams Asif Chowdhury from class X were finally selected.
From Don Bosco, qualifiers are Komol Karmakar from class IX, Kynaat Kareem Chowdhury from class VI and Ridwan Lasker from class VIII.
The fight in Sylhet was also fiercely competitive, resulting in four students being chosen from Sylhet Govt Pilot High School -- Mushfiqur Rahman Chowdhury, Sheikh Sadi Mohammad and Prosenjit Kumar Das from class X and Amit Deb Roy from class VIII.
In Rangpur, Mehsan Maharib and Anwar Sharif Iqra from class VIII and Tasin Ali Rashid from Class VII made it through to the divisional round from Millenium School. Sumaiya Binte Azad from class IX and Ahnaf Abid and Fayejus Salehin from class VIII qualified from Cantonment Public School.
Students from class VI to X can still win a place in the competition playing the online Spelling Bee game www.champs21.com. The bulk of participants for the divisional round will be selected via the online game.
For further information on how to register and play online game, log on to www.champs21.com.

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