Emilia Wins 2018 NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee


Etymology, irredeemable, and enthusiasm were just a few of the words Emilia McCarthy, aged nine, successfully spelled at the 2018 NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee securing her win in the junior division.

Emilia McCarthy, a year four student from Glenmore Park Public School, was among 100 junior and senior finalists from across the state that went letter-to-letter at the Premier’s Spelling Bee last month.

Over 170,000 years 3 to years 6 students from almost 1,000 public schools across NSW took part in the Premier’s Spelling Bee.

Glenmore Park Public School was one of only nine schools in the state to have finalists in both the senior and junior completion. Fatimah Abid, in year five, represented the school in the senior division.

Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies visited Glenmore Park Public School to congratulate Emilia McCarthy and Fatimah Abid on their success.

“This is a marvellous achievement for both Emilia and Fatimah. To be among the best spellers of the state requires hard work and a passion for learning” Tanya Davies said.

“I congratulate Emilia on this extraordinary achievement of being crowned the best junior speller in NSW”.

Principal of Glenmore Park Public School, Natalie Mansour expressed her elation over the success of the Glenmore Park Public School students.

“We are all so proud of Emilia. Making it to the finals is fantastic but winning…is out of this world!” Natalie Mansour said.

Junior division winner Emilia McCarthy likes arts and science, as well as learning about history. When she leaves school, she would like to be an engineer.

The Premier’s Spelling Bee was introduced as a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage in spelling. Each year the Bee has grown in popularity, with an additional 20,000 students taking place this year.

Now in its fifteenth year, the 2018 Premier’s Spelling Bee has seen a record participation of 170,000 students from almost 1,000 public schools in NSW.

^ Back (L-R): Natalie Mansour and Tanya Davies, Front (L-R): Emilia McCarthy and Fatimah Abid | Image Supplied

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