Talented Lynn students to take part in final of national languages spelling bee

Springwood High School Year 7 students Emily Riggs and Jannis Koulman who have beaten 75,000 students to the final of the National Spelling Bee Competition. ANL-160624-133929009
Springwood High School Year 7 students Emily Riggs and Jannis Koulman who have beaten 75,000 students to the final of the National Spelling Bee Competition. ANL-160624-133929009

Two Lynn pupils are due to take part in the final stage of a national spelling bee at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge today.

Springwood High School students Emily Riggs and Jannis Koulman beat more than 75,000 other year 7 students to take their place in the competition.

A love of languages is a necessity for this spelling bee, as pupils from all over the country have been given 200 words to learn in their chosen language, either French, German or Spanish.

German is both Emily and Jannis’ chosen language, and so they will be challenged with correctly translating and then spelling the most words in 60 seconds to win the Routes Into Languages spelling bee.

Both students got to this stage through school and regional heats and will be amongst the 108 national finalists today.

The final will also be attended by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner and Cambridge Mayor Councillor Jeremy Benstead.

Sarah Schechter, project manager for Routes Into Languages East at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “We’re very excited to be able to give these talented youngsters a chance to show their flair for languages here at Anglia Ruskin University.

“Evidence suggests the benefits of learning languages stretch far beyond the practicalities of being a useful tool when living, working or travelling abroad and it is very encouraging that we have had so many entries to this year’s competition.

“We look forward to welcoming all the children on 1 July and hope the academic ambience of Cambridge can give them all that extra ‘je ne sais quoi’.”