NSBC2THE 2016 NATIONAL SPELLING BEE COMPETITION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS (FORM 1 TO FORM IV) RUN BY THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION 

The Spelling Bee Competition is sponsored by the US Embassy, The Mauritius Commercial Bank, Reinsurance Solutions and Currimjee Foundation.

FINALS : TUESDAY 31st MAY 2016 @ 10:00 a.m.

 VENUE : AUDITORIUM, MAURITIUS COMMERCIAL BANK ST-JEAN

 

NSBC

The Finals of the 2016 National Spelling Bee Competition organized by the English-Speaking Union for students of Form I to Form IV was held on Tuesday 31st May 2016.

The Spelling Bee is a competition which gathers the best spellers across the island and participants are asked to spell English words.   Through this activity, Spellers experience the satisfaction of learning new words (i.e. their pronunciation and definition), improving their spelling and enriching their vocabulary in the English language. Those who have earned a place in the Finals were proficient spellers who were able to spell many difficult words at one of the seven preleminaries held across the various educational zones in Mauritius.

The Spelling Bee concept originated in the United States, though now it is common in many English-speaking countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia and India.

In Mauritius, the competition was launched in 2002 on the initiative of Sir Victor Glover, our Patron, and Mr Sanjit Teelock, our Master of Ceremony, with the help of the Embassy of the United States.

Back in 2002, only 49 schools in Mauritius took part in the Spelling Bee Competition which targeted Form I and II students only.  The Spelling Bee Competition has since been extended to Form III and Form IV students, and participation in our competition has steadily risen every year to now reach a total of 528 students from 141 schools in Mauritius and 72 students from all six schools in Rodrigues.  However, a much larger number of students are touched by this activity yearly as ESU encourages all schools to run their own in-house competition before they proceed with the final selection of candidates who take part in the ESU competition.

The four winners (Form I, II, III and IV) received prizes from Mrs Susan Falatko, Chargé D’Affaires of the US Embassy and generous cash prizes and corporate gifts from Mr Raoul Gufflet, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd.  Winners also received gifts and medals from the ESU.  All finalists also received prizes from the US Embassy and the MCB.

The four winners (Form I, II, III & IV) of the 2016 National Spelling Bee Competition were:

 

Form

 

Name of Winner

 

School

 

Form 1

 

Yooshilen Anasamy Royal College Curepipe
 

Form II

 

Ryan Fang Yen Royal College Port Louis
 

Form III

 

Yusra Patel GMD Atchia State College
 

Form IV

 

Anderson Fernando Dr James Burty David State Secondary School