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58 students vying in 9th Nagaland Spelling Bee championship

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Kohima, October 13: A total of 58 students from 29 schools are competing in the 9th Nagaland Spelling Bee Championship organized by Fountain Club Kohima in collaboration with the State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), Nagaland under the theme ‘The Learning Edge’ at RCEMPA Jotsoma.
The two-day championship commenced today with Advisor for Information Technology & Communication, Science & Technology and New & Renewable Energy Mmhonlumo Kikon as the Bee Guest.
The participants studying in Classes 6-9 are from schools in Dimapur, Kohima, Phek and Tuensang districts.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Kikon described the spelling bee championship as critical to the growth of competitive atmosphere asked the Fountain Club and SCERT to scale up the event.
He said their efforts will eventually impact the growth of the state and assured of all possible support from the state government.
He challenged the students to improve their vocabulary and develop reading habits to get through various competitions.
“We are very focused on our curriculum,” he said and challenged the schools to go beyond the curriculum and ensure that the students are trained to understand the words diligently.
Asking the students to learn more new words, he said “Lack of vocabulary will hamper your growth in learning.”
“If you have a rich vocabulary, you will learn anything easily,” he said.
Also encouraging the schools to undertake more co-curricular activities in their own level, Kikon said “Only then, we will see a citizenry of skills, intelligent and competitive people who will contribute to the growth of the state positively.”
The advisor maintained that an informed citizen is the most important ingredient for the growth and development of the state.
When you are informed, the level of discussion and debate grow. But, when you are not informed, you are only asking questions because you are ignorant of what is happening and the level of discussion wears negative, he said.
But, when you are well informed, the level of discussion is positive for the growth of the state, he added.
Delivering the keynote address, SCERT Director N. Chumchabeni Kikon said the initiative and activities taken up by the Fountain Club on various issues and especially towards the student’s community is very much appreciated and have gone a long way in harnessing the talents and skills of the students community.
She said that the Spelling Bee competition is conducted to give students a platform to learn spellings in different ways, enrich their vocabulary, learn concepts and develop the use of correct English.
Spelling bees help to promote literacy by providing children with a positive goal to work toward, and give them a forum to display the fruits of their hard work, she said.
The objective of the competition is to enhance the spelling and literacy skills of the children by encouraging them to explore the English language, expand their vocabulary and improve their communication and comprehension skills, she said.
Saying that appropriate words with correct spelling conveys the right message, she said spelling is important because it aids in reading and helps cement the connection that is shared between sound and letters.
The winners will receive a total cash prize of Rs 1,60,000 along with certificates, citations and trophies with the champion walking away with Rs 60,000, runners-up – Rs 40,000, third- Rs 20,000, fourth – Rs 15,000, losing quarter-finalists – Rs 5000 each and young speller – Rs 4000.
Meanwhile, 32 students will be competing in the round of 32 on Friday while the final will also be held the same day with Advisor for School Education and SCERT K T Sukhalu set to grace the valedictory function in the evening.
(Page News Service)

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