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

Published on Apr 26, 2014 7:24 PM

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.

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