Write stuff: Athlone girl tops in SA in global spelling bee

2012-04-20 00:00

SHE can read a book a day, so it’s no surprise that Athlone Primary Grade 7 pupil Catherine Bloy came first in South Africa in the Unicef World Education Games spelling competition.

The World Education Games is a global online event at which pupils across the globe compete in maths, science and spelling.

Catherine said her name was entered by the school librarian, Brenda Wepener.

“I decided participate in the spelling competition because I thought it was interesting and fun,” said the 13-year-old.

The computer calls out a word and the pupil has to type it in correctly. The challenge went on until midnight, she told The Witness.

“There are five different levels, with a maximum of 10 games on each level.

“If you get three words wrong you lose points and you get struck out.

“I did get struck out a couple of times and it was disappointing. The competition was tough,” she added.

But not tough enough for her to lose.

Catherine said she enjoyed reading — and shopping — and her favourite subject was English.

Librarian Wepener said she had registered the whole school, from Grade 1 to 7, and that this year they had participated in the spelling event.

“This is the most amazing competition and the children are enthusiastic about it,” Wepener said.

Catherine’s mother, Wendy, said she is thrilled for her daughter, adding that her parents have made sure she always has books. “She loves reading and writing.”

You’ be excused for thinking that Catherine would want to become a writer when she grows up. But she wants to become a graphic designer.

“I love working on computers and art,” she told The Witness.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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