The Grand Final of the 2016 French and German Spelling Bee at Workington Academy took place on the 9th May. Eight students from Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in the final in front of an audience of Year 7 students. The audience observed three competitive rounds in the Grand Final; eight students participated in the first round, four in the second and only three in the final round. The final round was close, with just one word making all the difference. Students had to spell a selection of words correctly in either German or French.
Rosie Bell (Year 9) secured first place, Matthew Glover (Year 9) achieved second place, Lucy Wilson (Year 7) was third and Beth Robley (Year 8) was fourth. Other students taking part in the final were Heather Gibbon (Year 8), Amie Leslie (Year 7), Emma Shervinton (Year 7) and Daniel Bell (Year 9). All students received a certificate in recognition of their outstanding effort throughout the competition and in the final and the top four students received prizes such as four free cinema tickets to Workington Plaza, vouchers for hot chocolate and muffins from Muffin Break, stationery from W.H. Smiths and sweets from Morrisons.
Rosie Bell spelled out numerous German words without hesitation. She is a talented linguist and has chosen to study both German and French for her GCSEs in September.