Talented King’s Lynn pupils reach spelling final

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-160624-133914009
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-160624-133914009

Two Springwood High School students took part in the final stage of a national spelling bee at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Friday.

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

German was both Emily and Jannis’ chosen language, and so they were challenged with translating and then spelling as many words as possible in 60 seconds at the Routes Into Languages spelling bee.

Both students got to this stage through school and regional heats and were amongst the 108 national finalists, although they did not win the competition.

A spokesman for the school said: “Unfortunately our students did not place, but evidently did very well to get to the national final regardless.”

Routes Into Languages project manager Sarah Schechter said they were excited to give a chance to show students’ flair.