SCGS pupil spells 'glockenspiel' to become the first girl to win RHB-ST spelling contest

The grand finals of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The grand finals of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Madam Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament, was the Guest of Honour at the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Madam Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament, was the Guest of Honour at the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The grand finals of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The grand finals of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The grand finals of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship where 25 finalists will vie to be Singapore's top speller. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The grand finals of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship where 25 finalists will vie to be Singapore's top speller. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Judges checking the spelling of a word during the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship held at the ITE college Central. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Judges checking the spelling of a word during the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship held at the ITE college Central. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Nicole Lim from Singapore Chinese Girls' School reacts when she spelt her last word to become the winner of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship which was held at the ITE college Central. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Nicole Lim from Singapore Chinese Girls' School reacts when she spelt her last word to become the winner of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship which was held at the ITE college Central. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Nicole Lim (centre) from Singapore Chinese Girls' School is the first female winner of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship which was held at the ITE college Central. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Nicole Lim (centre) from Singapore Chinese Girls' School is the first female winner of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship which was held at the ITE college Central. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Nicole Lim (centre) from Singapore Chinese Girls' School is the first female winner of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship which was held at the ITE college Central. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Nicole Lim (centre) from Singapore Chinese Girls' School is the first female winner of the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship which was held at the ITE college Central. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Nicole Lim from Singapore Chinese Girls' School became the first female to win the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship which was held at the ITE college Central. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Nicole Lim from Singapore Chinese Girls' School became the first female to win the ST-MOE National Spelling Championship which was held at the ITE college Central. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

A c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n emerged on Saturday at the grand final of the RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship.

Nicole Lim, 10, from Singapore Chinese Girls' School beat 24 other finalists to clinch the top spot.

Successfully spelling out the word glockenspiel, a kind of percussion instrument, she became the first female winner of the three-year-old Big Spell. She also broke the winning streak of Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), which had produced the previous two champions.

She and eventual first runner-up Thomas Ang, 11, of St Joseph's Institution Junior put up a hard fight, clearing words that stunned even the adults in the audience. These words include verisimilitude, infinitesimal or encephalitis.

Last year's first runner-up Kua Le Yi, 11, from Catholic High School (Primary) was second runner-up this year.

The grand final held at ITE College Central in Ang Mo Kio was graced by Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob and attended by guests from RHB Banking Group, The Straits Times, the Ministry of Education and supporters from schools.

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