Belhaven Hill Spelling Competition 2017

The last couple of weeks of this half-term has been jammed packed for our children, even more so for the Spelling Challenge finalists and now, after hundreds of words, the champions of the Belhaven Hill Spelling Challenge 2017 have been crowned.

With fourteen finalists across the junior and senior finals, the competition was tough and the words even tougher.  The junior final saw Arthur Meynell  crowned champion speller, winning with the word “maintenance” .  He saw off stiff competition from Julius Osborne, going to sudden death with Julius, who was finally tripped up by “nuisance”!   As well as earning the Junior Champion title, Arthur was also awarded a place in the senior final.
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Well done to all our junior finalists: Theo Tweedie, Jad Misbah, Emily Knight, Lucy Townshend and a special mention to Julius Osborne, not only our youngest finalist but he also came in second place; Pilar Mercader came in third, particularly impressive since English is not her first language.

In the battle to be crowned senior winner, Ruth and Arthur Meynell battled it out alongside Lulu Scovell, Reuben Hovell, Ben Prentice, Sholto Harris Stuart and Katya Eardley.  After some nervous performances, and with all spellers having played their jokers early in the final, except Reuben, who failed to use his at all.  Sholto and Ben battled it out with Ben Prentice finally being crowned winner.  Sholto’s downfall would be the word “subordinate” with Ben taking the title of senior champion speller with “unanimous”.  Special congratulations to Arthur Meynell for not only winning the Junior final but coming third in the Senior.
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All finalists received commendations and in addition the victors were awarded distinctions for their patrols.  Prize-giving this Easter will see Ben and Arthur being presented with The Rowley Spelling Challenge Cups, which would greatly entertain Eleanor Rowley, who left us for Tudor Hall at the end of the summer term.  The finalists will keep their Cups for the year.
Many congratulations to all our finalists and especially to Arthur and Ben: Belhaven Hill Spelling Champions, 2017!

Pippa Hall & Gillian Lawson, 14/02/2017