(Pictured student Charlotte Stevens is pictured with her parents. Photo by Richie Stokes)
By Kim O'Leary
Eason is delighted to announce Charlotte Stevens as the winner of the Leinster Provincial Spelling Bee 2018. The much-anticipated final took place in Eason O’Connell Street and Charlotte from Primrose Hill National School in Celbridge came out on top, taking first place against eleven talented young Bees with the word, Facultative. Charlotte will now move forward to compete in the All-Ireland Eason Spelling Bee final in The Helix on Thursday, 14th June.
The 12-year-old gained victory over her rivals from schools in Louth, Meath, Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford and Carlow. Speaking about her win, the 6th class student said; “I am delighted and cannot believe I have won!”
The Eason Spelling Bee encourages kids throughout the country to practice their spelling, to read more and strives to instil greater confidence when it comes to literacy and spelling, from a young age.
Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said; “We are thrilled to see the continued success of the Eason Spelling Bee over the past eight years. The children and their schools should be extremely proud to represent their counties in this hugely talented competition. It is remarkable to see the level of exceptional spelling from individuals across the country and the continued support from teachers and schools who contribute to this exciting competition every year.”
Today FM’s Alison Curtis, who was reporting live to Ian Dempsey in studio, commented; “Once again I am thrilled to be here at the Leinster Spelling Bee final, for the second year running. The standard of spellers continues to amaze me and it is brilliant to see how dedicated each person is to this competition. This initiative is both a great day out for the schools but it is also hugely important to developing reading and literacy skills among children.”
Each year the competition begins with registered schools hosting their own in-school Bee competitions, to find their school champion. From there, the Eason Spelling Bee team hits the road to host the County Final Bees, which then leads to four Provincial Finals. The All-Ireland Final will take place on Thursday, 14th June 2018, where the champion speller will be crowned.
The winning school will receive a collection of books for their library to the value of €7,500. The Spelling Bee winner will be awarded books worth €500 and the prestigious title of the 2018 Eason Spelling Bee champion.
Keep up-to-date with all the 2018 Spelling Bee news on www.easons.com/spellingbee and @easons #EasonSpellingBee
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