Eleanor is Spelling Bee finalist

Eleanor Huyton
Eleanor Huyton

La crème de la crème of Year 7 language students will showcase their skills in a Spelling Bee competition tomorrow.

Having already seen off competition from over 74,000 schoolchildren across the country, poised young speller Eleanor Huyton (11), from St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, will take part in the grand final of the Routes into Languages National Spelling Bee.

The finals will once more be held at Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge campus.

A total of 108 students have qualified for the final on July 3rd, with regional winners in the three different languages – French, German and Spanish – having won through heats to get this far.

The pupils have had 200 words to memorise in their chosen language and the winner will be the one who correctly translates and spells the most number of words in 60 seconds.

The competition has seen 74,445 pupils in total take part from around 590 schools, more than ever before. It is again sponsored by the European Commission and Vocab Express.

Sarah Schechter, Project Manager for Routes into Languages East at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “The number of pupils taking part has increased by more than 13,000 this year, which is thrilling to see.

“It means more and more are taking the opportunity to improve their language skills, which has a positive impact on other subjects too.

“We are looking forward to a keenly contested final and to those talented pupils preparing to take part, we say ‘bonne chance!’”