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International French Spell Bee covered by ThePeninsula, Doha-Qatar

“Birla Public School, Doha wins the International French Spell Bee

Doha; Birla Public School (BPS) won the 1st and 2nd prize in the intermediate category in
the 10th International French Spell Bee Competition held in New Delhi recently by the
Association Le Frehindi.

Delhi Public School, R K Puram, New Delhi won the 3rd prize in the intermediate

More than 50 schools participated in the same like Greenfields School-Safdarjung
Enclave-New Delhi, Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya – Gwalior and Springdales Public School –
New Delhi. A total of 72 students from all over India qualified for the final round of
International Level held in New Delhi. Of the 72 students, 22 were short-listed after a
tough preliminary round. Then through various rounds, the winners were filtered into
the finals.

The first prize was won by Achwin Ravikumar of Grade 8 (Overall winner). The second
prize was won by Pooja Vineesh Pillai. Trophies, gold medals, certificates and all-expense
paid trip to Paris (1st prize) and Auroville Pondicherry-India (2nd prize) were awarded

Arshita Pillai of Grade 7 and Gaurang Yogesh Mhatre of Grade 5 were awarded gold
medals and certificates for qualifying to the final round.

A total of 17 students of BPS participated and the toppers of the various categories of
round one were Thanmaya Ram Menon of Grade 4 in the Débutant level, Achwin
Ravikumar in the Intérmediare and Herleen Nicole Dsouza of Grade 10 in the Avancé

After round two in the Débutant level, Gaurang Yogesh Mhatre and in the intermediare
Achwin Ravikumar, Pooja Vineesh Pillai, Arshita Pillai qualified for the finals. The
students had to spell the words in French. The competition was very challenging and
difficult. The winners from Birla were appreciated for their commendable performance
by the judges, other schoolteachers and the audience.

The students were trained by the faculties of the French Department of BPS led by Maria
Phentalia Joseph (HoD). Arokianadhen Abraham and Sirisha Patnaik were the other
coaches of the victorious team.

The Le Frehindi is an association with its headquarters in Lyon, Paris (France) and offices
in New Delhi and Mumbai.


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