Screen_Shot_2014-06-10_at_8.26.18_PMYesterday we told you about the winners of the 20th National Spelling Bee Competition that saw Orange Walk district place runner up in the competition. After 3 hours of competition and reaching up to round 7, 3 students emerged as the best of the 12 finalists including Louisiana Gov’t School finalist, Isabelle Swasey. We got her reaction to the competition today while attending school.


Isabelle Swasey


“I am very trilled at this moment. Some parts were easy and some parts were hard.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Tell us more about it, the words that you were given was it foreign to you, did you know them?”


Isabelle Swasey


“Well, it is the training that I got, had seven coaches but they are very good coaches. Some word had silent letters and some randomly they put in the reserve.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“What do you think about your other competitors, did they brought their A game?”


Isabelle Swasey


“Well, I had a really strong competition that we had to go to round seven, me and the boy who got third place, Girls are smarter that boys.”


The competitions Best Speller was Shanalene Gayap of Solid Rock Academy. At just ten years old, she is the youngest winner in 20 years of the competition. And courtesy our colleagues at Channel 7, provided us with their reactions after it ended.


Shanalene Gayap who is in standard 4 at Solid Rock Academy, won a full scholarship to sixth form. Top three winners walked away with their trophies, laptops, tablets and a printer.

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