Mythili Nair from National Public School and Vishesh Guru of Poornaprajna School were the winners of the first edition of Explocity Annual Spelling Bee competition in the city.
More than 500 participants took part in the competition at Jyothi Nivas Auditorium on Sunday.
When asked about the secret of her success, Mythili said, “We should have a love for words, read a lot and constantly practice.”
The programme started with a preliminary session involving 520 pupils at the qualifying round. Only 20 of them entered the quarter finals. Later, ten students entered the semifinals. Finally, two of the highest scorers won the competition.
The event was chaired by a team of panelists, including T P Vasanth, managing trustee of Primus Public School, and Raj Ayyar, visiting guest faculty member at St Joseph’s College of Business Administration and Christ University.
Explocity.com is a city-centric portal that has editions in New York and Dubai.
The objective of the competition is to help students prepare for the future, said Ramjee Chandran, managing director and editor-in-chief of Explocity.com.
“We are looking to enhance vocabulary, promote correct language usage and encourage English learning,” he added.
The organisers want to expand this competition to other cities.