Gangtok, 30 Apr:
Hridai Raj Chettri of Holy Cross School, Tadong emerged as the winner of Spellbound’ 19, an inter-school Spelling Bee contest, held at Science Block of Shri Ramasamy Memorial [SRM] University, Sikkim here at Tadong, East Sikkim on Tuesday. Likewise, Pema Tashi Wangchuk Bhutia of Tashi Namgyal Academy was the runners-up of the contest.
This inter-school contest was organised by the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Department of English of SRM University, Sikkim for students of classes X to XII. A total of 32 students from 16 schools from East District participated in this contest. Department of English, Assistant Professor, Anup Sharma was the Spell Bee Master.
Out of 32 students in the qualifying round [Rapid Fire], only the top 15 students were shortlisted for the Oral round and then the top 7 students competed in the final round [knock-out round].
The main objective of Spellbound was to encourage students to explore and study the English language and its roots and to help students to learn how to spell quickly, accurately and with comprehension. The contest also aims to promote student’s knowledge of proper word usage and encourage students to strive for excellence in spelling skills and provide an opportunity to students to meet and compete with their peers in an atmosphere of fun and friendship.
In his inaugural address, SRM University Sikkim Vice-Chancellor [I/C], Prof Ch. Satish Kumar expressed happiness that a Spell Bee competition was finally held in Sikkim. He stated that the basic objective of the competition is to improve spelling skills and vocabulary among students. He stated that Spellbound is just the beginning as the university plans to conduct this Spell Bee competition in the district and state level and ultimately to connect it with the national level. The VC encouraged students to prepare better for future competitions.
Department of English HoD, Assistant Professor,Dr. Sonal Sharma stated that the competition aims to introduce competitive spirit amongst students and further to encourage, appreciate and nurture talents of students and also provide them exposure to connect with the university through such events. Such competitions will help students in improving vocabulary and pronunciation, she said and encouraged students to make the best out of such competition.
Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities, Manisha Thakuri thanked the Vice-Chancellor of the university for extending all support and encouragement for the event. She stated that it was not only a competition but an occasion for students of private and government schools to come together to have a stronger bond. She also thanked heads of all participating schools for sending their students for the competition. She also assured to organise the Spell Bee competition in grander manner in near future.