The Annual Spelling Bee Competition organised by Sunway College Johor Bahru for the fifth year on 23rd June 2010, proved to be a popular competition. The event, held at the Mount Austin campus attracted 120 participants from 40 secondary schools throughout the state, and ran for 4 hours. About 40 secondary school teachers were present to motivate and encourage their STAR pupils, who had been carefully selected and trained for this event.
One of the objectives of this competition is to stress the importance of the English language to students, and the competition helps the students to prepare them for their next step which is to be in a college environment. Right from the start, competition was keen, and became more intense as it progressed through 3 rounds. Among the challenging words that competitors had to spell were: capacious, sepulchre and subpoena.
Tamil Selvan K.Rammis from SMK Putri Wangsa, Johor Bahru emerged as the winner in the Spelling Bee Competition for Johor Secondary schools, while the runner up was Dylan Cheong Zhi Jian from SMK Dato’ Usman Awang, Perling.
The champion, Tamil Selvan managed to spell the winning word ABATEMENT, thus beating his rival, Dylan, to win
· a trophy
· RM3000 bursary
· RM300 for his school’s English Language Society
· a hamper
The jubilant Tamil Selvan said that the competition was ‘inspiring and encouraging’. Dylan, from SMK Usmang Awang, who was the runner-up said that he was happy. He won :
- a trophy
- RM2000 bursary
- RM200 for his school’s English Language Society
- a hamper
Rebecca Nachiappan, the second runner up, who commented that the competition was exciting and it helped to increase her vocabulary, received :
- RM1000 bursary
- RM100 for her school’s English Language Society
- a hamper
Looking at the popularity of the Spelling Bee Competition, Sunway College Johor Bahru hopes to make this competition an annual event.
“Many of the school teachers who were present said that this is an event that they looked forward to, and will continue to encourage their students to participate,” said Mr Chau Meng Huat, Head of Centre for Language and Compulsory Subjects.
In addition, it was a good opportunity for their students to not only be exposed to the college environment, but also to inculcate an interest in the English language, as well as to prepare them for their future in a competitive world.
Feeling On Top: Winner Tamil Selvan K.Rammis (back row: fifth from left) with runner-up Dylan Cheong Zhi Jian (back row: fourth from left) and second runner-up Rebecca Nachiappan (back row: third from right) with the rest of Top Eight semifinalist and also the school teachers and staff (front row) of Sunway College Johor Bahru.