ISLAMABAD, Oct 14: Islamabad Club seemed no different than normal from the outside. But as one walked into the auditorium, hushed noises became obvious and all the quiet energy of children going in and coming out unleashed itself.
This Thursday, Islamabad Club became the site for a four-day spelling contest organized by Dawn in partnership with US Embassy, Pakistan and Radio FM 89.
Today was merely the first day of the competition but tension amongst the students on the stage was evidence of the importance the National Spelling Bee held for them. This competition is one of the largest forums for young students between the age of 9 and 15 to participate in and compete in on a National level.
Ms. Zara of Dawn, one of the key organizers of the event informed Dawn that this year’s competition includes 140 schools and approximately 850 students. The students compete in their specific age groups of 9 to 11, 12 to 14 or 15 to 17.
Students are registered for the Spelling Bee through their schools. Most schools hold spelling bees amongst their own students and register the winners for the Dawn Spelling Bee. Each team is then placed in a pool.
Initial rounds of competition decide the winning teams in each pool. After the winning teams from all the pools have been declared, the teams will split and the students will compete individually in Regional Championships.
Most importantly though, all the competitors put forth a worthy effort and none of the winning teams went ahead easily. The first day saw winners declared for six pools of 9 to 11 year olds. The winning schools were: City School Junior Section; Roots School System, DHA Phase I; EMS High School, Boys Branch; Beacon House School System, Margalla Campus, Boys; AIMS Education System and The City School, Girls Branch.
Having started off with a blast, the Spelling Bee is set to continue for three more days until Sunday.Daily Times.