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Sahaj Sankaran (13), a class VIII student of Jamnabai Narsee School, Juhu, emerged winner of the HDFC Life Spell Bee, India Spells 2012, powered by The Times of India in association with Horlicks, in Mumbai. Sahaj will represent the city in the national finale with representatives from 31 other cities. Sahaj was sure about making it to the top ten, however, was not expecting a win. “The competition was tough. All had done well in the previous rounds, he said. This was the first time I participated in a spelling competition and I am glad I won. I love reading contemporary fiction and I would attribute my success to my reading habit”, said Sahaj, adding that he loves the language.
Sahaj won the city finale, by outplaying 650 other students from 87 participating schools in the city. His mother, Divya Chhabra, said, He hardly practised. He just referred to a site on spellings a day before the event. Right from his childhood, he has developed an interest in reading. Even in his school, a lot of efforts are taken to encourage students to read. Such competitions should be held often. In fact, two students from Jamnabai Narsee School, a member school of Times of India NIE, made it to final rounds. Ten students made it to the finals, which took place on 4th March, Sunday. While Sahaj and Vedant Gill, a class VI student from St Johns Universal School, Goregaon, were almost at par with each other till the third round, the former went ahead in the final round of rapid fire. Gill went on to be the second runner up. I was confident about winning before the rapid fire round. “When I saw Sahaj’s performance I knew he was winning. I enjoyed participating in the contest though”, added Gill. Rutvi Mehta jumped to the second position in the rapid fire round beating Gill by one point. Mehta, a student of Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School, Vile Parle, trailed Sahaj by four points. Yash Acharya, a class Vstudent of Childrens Academy, Kandivli, was the youngest finalist. Acharya got a surprise entry too in the finals after one of the finalists failed to show up. Winners from 32 cities will be competing in the finals at Mumbai. The finale winner will represent India in Washington DC.
Courtesy: Times of India
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