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National Success in French Spelling Bee for Bolton boys

Friday, 04 July 2014

Year 7 pupils finish 2nd and 4th in French Spelling Bee at Anglia Ruskin

Alex Gao and Matthew Cavaliere from Bolton School Boys’ Division are celebrating after finishing second and fourth respectively in the French category at the national final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

A total of 61,493 youngsters from 496 schools across the country took part in this year’s competition and Alex and Matthew first won through class, school and regional heats to reach the national final of the French category.

The competition – which is sponsored by the European Commission and Vocab Express – involves Year 7 pupils competing to correctly translate and spell the most number of words in French, Spanish or German in just 60 seconds.

Prizes were presented by John Evans from the European Commission, Cambridge Deputy Mayor Cllr Robert Dryden, Justin Sycamore from Vocab Express and Pat Dalby from Alliance Française Cambridge.

Reflecting on the successful weekend, Matthew said: ““I was very happy with my win and proud of my achievement. I also really enjoyed exploring Cambridge with my school and going punting. Thanks to my mum and school for helping me practise. This experience has inspired me to learn other languages.”

Alex Gao, who placed second, was equally enthusiastic about his time in Cambridge: “It was a hard competition but the spelling of the French words just seemed to come naturally to me.  I was delighted to come 2nd.  It was a good weekend.  I enjoyed looking around the town and punting on the river.”

Professor Richard Andrews, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said: “I was delighted and astonished at the brilliance of all the competitors, and am glad to see spelling receive such sustained attention in modern foreign languages.  I look forward to next year’s competition.”

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Alex is pictured here with Cambridge Deputy Mayor Cllr Robert Dryden and Pat Dalby from Alliance Francaise Cambridge

Alex is pictured here with Cambridge Deputy Mayor Cllr Robert Dryden and Pat Dalby from Alliance Française Cambridge

Matthew is awarded his certificate