New Zealand Spelling Bee

Posted on November 06, 2017

Annika Lee, a Year 9 student from Snell, was one of 21 finalists who took part in the 13th NZ Spelling Bee finals held in Wellington on Saturday 28 October.

Her impressive spelling skills took her through to the top eight in New Zealand, after intensive competition. This was achieved in the context of a high pressure contest where 21 Year 9’s and 10’s from throughout New Zealand were vying for a highly valued title.

The Wellington event held at Te Papa is the culmination of many stages of competition which started with a classroom Spelling Bee competition in July and a regional Spelling Bee in August. More than 100 colleges took part in the NZ Spelling Bee this year.

The final winning word ‘pusillanimous’ means a lack of courage and determination. Annika and the other finalists exhibited both of these attributes in this gruelling competition.