Havering has capital’s top spellers after three make national final

Ashay Sharma and Emma Bone competed in the national spelling bee competition

Ashay Sharma and Emma Bone competed in the national spelling bee competition - Credit: Archant

Three students in Havering have beaten around 10,000 other children in London to reach the final of a foreign language spelling bee.

With only four students in the German final, Havering has dominated the competition in the Route to Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee.

Ashay Sharma, from Coopers’ Company and Coborn School in Upminster, Emma Bone, from Hall Mead School in Upminster, and Raminta Kacinskaite, from Frances Bardsley Academy in Romford, all 12, have all worked extremely hard to compete in the competition.

They had to learn 50 words for each round so by the time the final comes round on July 3 they will have 200 German words under their belt.

Zuryie Hilmi, who teaches the subject at Hall Mead, said: “The children are given a word in English so they must translate it first before going on to spell it.

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“It’s an incredible achievement for them to have done so well.”

The three students will take on spellers from 10 other regions to be crowned top speller in the country.

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