Canada’s top spellers crowned at Championship Spelling Bee

TORONTO, ON (May 5, 2019) -- Three “word wizards” were crowned National Champions at the Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC) Championship Bee on Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Richmond Hill. The first place National Champions are: Parnavdeep S. Kundi of Vancouver for Primary Division; Aiden Kwon of North York for Junior Division; and, Rishi Damarla of Windsor for the Intermediate Division.

“We’re thrilled to congratulate these students on their first-place wins in the Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC)Championship Bees,” says Dr. Nagina Parmar, President of Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC). “The students’ courage, heart, and ability to persevere under pressure was truly inspirational. We feel that all our spelling bee participants left the competition as winners, and with this experience, have fuelled their love of reading for years to come. ”

With stiff competition in each of three age divisions, the winners were determined after the final two remaining students rallied one-on-one, through a suspenseful tie-breaker round. In the last moments of competition when the other contestant had misspelled their word, the remaining student spelled that same word correctly, plus their next new word for the win. Breaking the tie to determine the division’s national Champion proved to be no easy feat for these young word-savvy students.

List of Winners by Division

 

Primary Division (Ages 6-8 by December 31, 2018)

Placing

Name

Region

Prize

First

Parnavdeep S. Kundi, Grade 3 Age 8

Winning Word - Persuade

British Columbia Region 1

$950

Second

Raya Mistry-Lad, Age 8 Grade3

Brampton

$850

Third

Marco Joannou, Age 8 Grade 3

 Danforth Beaches

$750

Junior Division (Ages 9-11 by December 31, 2018)

Placing

Name and School

Region

Prize

First

Aiden Kwon, Age 12 Grade 6

Winning Word - Ammunition

North York East

$1000

Second

Erin Chaters, Age 11 Grade 7

Ontario - St. Lawrence Academy

$900

Third

Muskan Jiwa, Age 10, Grade 5

Edmonton

$850

Intermediate Division (Ages 12-14 by December 31, 2018)

Placing

Name and School

Town or Chapter

Prize

First

Rishi Damarla, age 13 Grade 8

Winning Word psychophysiology

Windsor, Ontario

$1200

Second

Praneet Singh Arora, age 14, Grade 9

BC

$1100

Third

Asmitha Rajah, age 13, grade 8

ER Schools

$1000

Regional competitions held in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario during March and April included over 3,000 English spelling bee participants in three age divisions: Primary (ages 6-8), Junior (ages 9-11), and Intermediate (ages 12-14). Thanks to the support of community sponsors, Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. and Book Depot, over one hundred winning students from the Regional competitions travelled to compete in the SBOC Championship Bee. The event MC was Priya Sam, News Anchor, CTV’s Your Morning. 

About SBOC

In its 32nd year, SBOC has welcomed over 50,000 children as spelling bee participants. SBOC, a not-for-profit grassroots organization, was established in the greater Toronto area in 1987 and led to the development of an Ontario Spelling Bee. Since then, SBOC has been promoting children and youth literacy with the mission to enrich the children and youth learning experience and engage schools and the community at large in an annual education process.

Long-term, SBOC plans on establishing chapters in each province and territory in order to create a National Spelling Bee, providing access to English and French language learning through their proprietary online platforms, implementing Canadian Invitational Bee for June 2020, and ultimately engaging approximately one million participants across Canada.

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