Winners of Spellinc pose with their prizes at Michael John Auditorium on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
In its very first year in Jamshedpur, Spellinc seems to have cast a spell on steel city schoolgoers.
On Tuesday, two-member teams from as many as 80 city cradles participated in the inter-school spelling contest, organised by Linc Pens across the country. The competition, which entered into its 15th year in 2014, is currently held for students of classes VII to IX in 600 schools of eight cities.
Gulmohur High School finished winners, while DBMS Kadma High School came second. JH Tarapore School bagged the third place.
Sources said each school conducted an internal test to select two spellers, who represented the cradle at the preliminary round. Eight finalists were selected on the basis of the teams’ performance at a spelling and an anagram test.
Students were asked to spell words like acerbic, cenotaph, dirigible and raccoon, among others.
The teams qualifying for the final were Gulmohur High School, DBMS Kadma High School, JH Tarapore School, Loyola School, Sacred Heart Convent School, Kerala Samajam Model School, Vidya Bharati Chinmaya Vidyalaya and RMS School, Khutadih.
These teams then fought for the top positions through five grilling rounds. These comprised a rapid fire round, direct spellings, anagrams, crosswords and making shorter words out of long ones.
While winners Gulmohur High School received a cash prize of Rs 20,000, the team from DBMS Kadma High School walked home with Rs 10,000. The JH Tarapore team got Rs 6,000.
Top team Gulmohur High School has made it to the national round, where it will compete with winners from the remaining seven cities. The national round is expected to be held in Calcutta in April.
“One of the unique aspects of this contest is free entry. Also, besides spellings, we promote reading and writing too. We make it an interesting event for students,” said Ajay Agarwal, CEO of Calcutta-based Infinity Events, which organised the Jamshedpur round.
As for students, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
“We learnt a lot in the course of the contest. Although we did not expect to win, we feel elated now. We will be participating in the national round,” said Rishabh Jain, a Class VIII student and member of the winning team from Gulmohur High School.
DBMS English School hosted the 23rd Inter-school Seuli Seal Memorial Quiz Contest on its premises on Tuesday. The annual quiz is organised in the memory of Seuli, a student of the school who passed away in an accident in 1989.
About 15 cradles participated in the preliminary round, where their knowledge on diverse topics was tested. Six schools that qualified for the final round were SDSM School for Excellence, DBMS English School, Little Flower School, Gulmohur High School, Loyola School and St John’s School.
At the end, Loyola School emerged winner, while Gulmohur High School came second. Hosts DBMS English School bagged the third slot.