Bhavan Middle East conducted the grand finale of the GCC level Spelling Bee Contest simultaneously and that too for the first time in the history of inter school competitions in the Middle East, in three different countries on video conferencing mode last Saturday.
Indian Educational School, Kuwait was the main host. Private International School, Abu Dhabi, and Modern Indian School, Oman co-hosted this mega event. Dr Rosalind Buckton –Tucker, the assistant professor of English, American University of Kuwait was the chief guest. Dr Lewis R Tucker, adjunct faculty member teaching online for Capella University was the guest of honour.
In the 5 hour long spelling bee pageant which started at 4.30 in the evening, 25 students representing different schools in Kuwait, 17 in UAE, and another 17 contestants from Oman had reiterated their participation.
The first three rounds of questions were held in all the three venues concurrently, and the tally of points was timely shared with the organizers in Kuwait on video conferencing mode. The mind boggling competition gave a really tough time for the contestants, and a lot of time had to be spent in breaking the tie in different categories. Questions to break the tie were asked from Kuwait.
More than one thousand students from various schools in the Middle East had registered for the preliminary round, and the best 5 representing each category were selected for the nationals. More than 100 students had appeared for the national level contest held in November, and the best 5 in each category got qualified for the Championship.
After the elimination round, there were ten contestants, two from each category to prizefight for the championship. Students from Private International School, Abu Dhabi, Modern Indian School, Oman, India International School, and Indian English Academy School, Kuwait confirmed their participation in the championship round.
After a nerve-racking round of questions, Sian Shinjo of category one of Private International School, Abu Dhabi, Nida Adeel of category two of India International School, Mangaf won the championship. Elizabeth Jiji, Sumaiya Asif and Arun George of Indian Educational School, Kuwait were declared champions in categories three, four and five respectively.
Champions were conferred on a cash prize of Rs 50000/ each, a trophy and a certificate for their exuberant expression of spelling skills. Dr Rosalind in her speech after the prize distribution ceremony quoted Mark Twain and said “anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.” She admired the enthusiasm showed by each participant in making the show exciting.
Ms Rosalind appreciated Indian Educational School for organizing such educational programmes for the growing generation. Mr Lewis Tucker, the guest of honour, Mr Ramachandran Menon, the Chairman, Bhavan Group of Schools in the Middle East, Ms Rathi Raveedran, Principal, Jack & Jill School, Mangaf, Ms Anita Sadanand, Vice Principal, Senior Wing, and Ms Lalitha Premkumar, Vice Principal the Junior Wing also joined the chief guest in felicitating the winners. Mr Suresh, Mr Prasad and MsJaemi were the pronouncers. Vanshika and Anuvinda the two vibrant Bhavanites took the audience through the programme. Ms Anita Sadanand, gave the welcome speech, and Ms Fathima Jyothi, Kuwait Coordinator, GCC Spell Bee proposed the vote of thanks.