Malaysian and Indonesian students emerge victorious in the Asia Spelling Cup 2015
Indonesian students win both Primary and Secondary school levels of Asia’s largest spelling bee while Malaysian students push the winners close to dominate the second and third places
SINGAPORE: Indonesian students Felicia Danielle (10 years old, Primary) and Samuel Tang (13 years old, Secondary) both emerged winners of their respective groups in Asia’s largest spelling bee, the Asia Spelling Cup 2015, organised by Qooco on Saturday November 7, 2015.
The winners won USD$2,000 each and fended off 22 other finalists hailing from China, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia who were flown out to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel, Thailand to compete.
This is the third edition of the Asia Spelling Cup which is organised Qooco annually.
David Topolewski, the CEO of Qooco, comments: “We had thousands of students from schools all over the region apply to become a finalist, only 24 made it through to Bangkok. These winners displayed real courage, determination and skill and it is a pleasure to crown them winners. We look forward to next year’s Asia Spelling Cup in which we plan to include even more schools from more Asian nations.”
The day commenced with the Primary school category students competing, which ended up going into eight rounds before a winner finally emerged. The entire group, who’s oldest competitor was 12 years old, were strong during the earlier rounds, before slowly thinning out when faced with words such as ‘fuselage’, ‘knavery’ and ‘rhetoric’. Third place went to Karrthik A/L Sathiyamoorthy of Malaysia who won an iPad, and second place went to Anna Ng of Malaysia who won USD$1,000. The winner was 10-year-old Felicia Danielle from SDK 2 Bina Bakti Matius School, Indonesia.
After a short break, it was the secondary school students’ turn to take the spotlight. Nerves showed quite early with eight contestants leaving by the end of round four. However, the students then started to hit their stride, correctly spelling words such as ‘rhinoceros’, ‘guillotine’ and ‘impetigo’.
It took until round six to reduce the group to the last three, Samuel Tang of Indonesia, Iskandar Ameen Suhaimi of Malaysia and Darren Leong of Malaysia. All three refused to budge, effortlessly spelling words such as ‘Tchotchke’, ‘Conquistador’ and ‘Synchronous’. Finally by round 11, Tang emerged as the winner, with Leong in second and Iskandar Ameen in third.
The event was judged by the former President of Thailand TESOL, Associate Professor Chaleosri, and Associate Professor Suchada Nimmannit, Associate Professor in TESOL at Chulalongkorn University Language Institute Thailand.
The initial round to pick the finalists was conducted via the Internet and mobile, whereby students from schools in Thailand, Malaysia, China and Indonesia were required to conduct an online test. From there, six finalists from each country (three Primary and three Secondary) were chosen, and flown out to Bangkok for the Asia Spelling Cup.