South Breeze students in tough battle
Thirty-two students of South Breeze School in the city's Uttara fought hard yesterday to qualify for the divisional round of Spelling Bee.
A confident speller started off with the word "adventure" in the school's first round.
The following rounds, though, got tougher as the participants were asked to spell more tricky words like "secretariat," "diligent," and "altruism."
Ten contestants crossed the fourth-round hurdle to make it to the final round.
Annasma, a sixth grader, got excited with every word she spelt right. "This has been a very big experience for me. I was very nervous; but I tried my best and feel extremely happy to be among the top 10 spellers of our school."
Afnafee Rahman of class VIII has emerged as one of the best spellers in the country in the online version of the contest.
"I have been playing Spelling Bee online regularly, and today this contest at my school has been a good experience. Though I couldn't finish among the top three, I'll try to qualify for the divisional round by taking the contest online," said Afnafee.
Afia Labib Khan and Ahana Rahman of class IX and Ahnaf Tahmid of class VIII became the winners from the school and made it through to the divisional round.
Elsewhere in the city, Rakib Hossain, Tasneem T Shafi and Anika Tarrannum Alam qualified from Loretto School; Wasique Hassan, Fazle Rabbi and Raisa Fairuz Kabir won from Marie Curie School; while Sabrina Ahmed Oishi, Sameeha Islam and Muntaha Binte Masud became the best three spellers from Viquarunnisa Noon School.
A total of 500 students will be picked from Dhaka for the divisional round of Spelling Bee, organised by champs21.com.