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Bhavan’s GCC Spell Bee sees articulate students compete
January 25, 2018, 12:17 pm

The fourth edition of Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan’s GCC Spell Bee, a spell-the-word contest, culminated at Indian Educational School (IES) Kuwait on 20 January at the school auditorium.

The chief guest, Ann Newman, Department of English Language and literature, Gulf University of Science and Technology, Kuwait, along with the guest of honour Dr. Shashiranjan Yadav, Vice-Chancellor, Indian Institute of Teacher Education Gujarat, India graced the day of grandeur.

Suresh.V. Balakrishnan Vice Principal Middle and senior wing IES and Jaemi Byju Head of the Department of English, Middle and Senior wings IES were the chief pronouncers of the day along with E.P Prasad, senior faculty, the Department of English being the assistant pronouncer. Contestants from different schools in Kuwait were categorized and seated on the dais with their counterparts sitting and churning their brain cells at different locations in the Middle East in real time.

The program started with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran followed by the Kuwait National Anthem, lighting of the lamp by the chief guest Ms. Ann Newman and the guest of honour, Dr. Shashiranjan Yadav, N. K. Ramachandran Menon, Chairman Bhavans Middle East, T. Premkumar, Principal, Indian Educational School, Mahesh Iyer, Principal, Smart Indian School, Suresh. V. Balakrishnan, Vice Principal Middle and Senior IES and the GCC Coordinator, and Muneera Mammukutty, the Country Coordinator Kuwait Chapter. After the divine invocation, Suresh. V. Balakrishnan welcomed the gathering and shared with everyone his thoughts on life in general and language in particular. Mr. Iyer aired his views on English grammar and literature through his speech of felicitation.

Liju Joseph, Department of English, IES, briefed the audience on the importance of Bhavans Spell Bee and its impact on the young linguists.

The spellers were taken for a roller coaster ride of words of extreme complexity and simplicity, and they all gleefully rode along artfully dodging the cleverly laid traps of letters. The audience in the auditorium and the many thousands glued to the live stream watched in awe one of the most adrenalin-rushing arcade games of the alphabet. After 3 hours of brain racking, Meenakshi Nayyar, Vice Principal Co-Curricular Activities declared the final result of the Bhavans GCC Spell Bee Championship.

The winners are: Category 1: Parth Gupta , Bahrain Indian School Bahrain (1st place), Jemi  Eldho, Private International English School, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2nd place), Malavika Vinod, Indian Community School Khaitan, Kuwait (3rd place) and Abhinav Ashokan, Al Saad Indian School  Al Ain, UAE (3rd place). Category 2: Rahul Wavare, British School of Kuwait (1st place), Aarush, Private International English School, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2nd place), Manini Laslit Desai,  Bahrain Indian School Bahrain (3rd place). Category 3: Nevin Noji Vaidyan, Indian Educational School Kuwait (1st place), Arjun. N. Anooj, Private International English School Abu Dhabi, UAE (2nd place), Steve Chalil Biju, Bahrain Indian School Bahrain (3rd place). Category 4: Shad Ahmed Shahul, Fahaheel Al-Watanieh Indian Private School (DPS), Kuwait (1st place), Nivedha Mayiluanan, Private International English School Abu Dhabi, UAE (2nd place) and Parthiv Varma, Al Saad Indian School  Al Ain, UAE (3rd place).

The day ended with a thought-provoking speech by the chief guest, Ann Newman on the importance of spelling and words, and the inspiring words by the guest of honour Dr. Shashiranjan Yadav. The prominent guests of the day were presented with mementos by Mr. Menon as tokens of love and respect from the Bhavans fraternity.  The vote of thanks was proposed by E. P. Prasad, Senior Faculty (Department of English). The Indian National Anthem drawing the spirit and respect in the heart of the true patriots drew the curtain down on the 2018 Bhavans GCC Spell Bee Championship paving way for the mega event to attain a legendary status in the years to come.


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