HARBIN FIFTH GRADER WINS 2017 SPBCN BEE

Han Ai Lin, an 11-year-old fifth-grader from Harbin, China won the 2017 SPBCN National Spelling Bee on April 4, 2017, correctly spelling the word fidgety. “I am really happy and I never expected this. Probably my love for reading English books helped me in winning the competition,” said Ai Lin who attends the Harbin Normal University Elementary School. “I shall be reading more books and learning more about the English language.” This young girl discovered her love for reading when she was in second grade. “I was an exchange student…

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LESSONS FROM THE SPELLING BEE: GIVE ANYTHING A TRY…

In 2nd grade, my stern but fair and excellent teacher, Mrs. Zen, noticed that I had a certain predilection for spelling. I don’t remember taking a single spelling test back then, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she noticed that I was bored with the tests I was taking. And even the summer before I began 2nd grade, I had wowed my friends with my feat of being able to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, often at breakneck speed. So my parents took notice. Unfortunately, in my school and district, participation in the…

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