SPELLBOUND 2023—Spelling Bee Competition

As a part of the Library Week celebrations at Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, the School of Ethics, Governance, Culture, and Social Systems (EGCS), in collaboration with the Creative And Debating Society (CAD) and the Grantha Club of the University, successfully organised SPELLBOUND. This was a spelling bee competition held for students from Grade 9 to Grade 12 on 22nd November 2023.

The event began with CVV students reciting a prayer, followed by the official inauguration by the lighting of the lamp. Kusum Kataria (second year B.A. B.Ed. English) extended a welcome, and then Dr. Pramod Dinakar (Head, School of EGCS) addressed the audience. Following these speeches, Steve Romy (Third Year B.Sc. Applied Psychology) outlined the rules and regulations of the competition, marking the commencement of the event.

The competition was presided over by Dr. Sandhya Shankar and Dr. Hari M. G. (Assistant Professors, School of Linguistics and Literary Studies), who served as the spellmasters for the event. SPELLBOUND comprised three distinct rounds: Preliminaries, Semi-Finals, and the Finals.

In the Preliminary round, 72 students from 10 different schools in the Ernakulam district of Kerala participated. This stage involved a written dictation to identify the top 36 semi-finalists. The Semi-Finals, conducted orally, saw the 36 qualified students divided into six groups. The Semi-Finals took place simultaneously in two locations, with three groups in each overseen by Dr. Sandhya and Dr. Hari and Dr. Vishaka Venkat (Assistant Professor, School of Linguistics and Literary Studies) and Ms. Lakshmi Anil, a PhD Scholar at CVV.

From each group, one student advanced to the finals. Abbia Rose D’Silva, a Grade 11 student from Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Vaduthala, emerged as the winner of SPELLBOUND. Shivadutt S. Jayan, a Grade 11 student from Bhavan’s Adarsha Vidyalaya, Kakkanad, secured the 1st runner-up position, and Kevin Jose, a Grade 11 student from The Choice School, Kochi, claimed the 2nd runner-up spot.

Dr. Pramod Dinakar presented the cash prizes of Rs. 3000, Rs. 2000, and Rs. 1000 to the first, second, and third-place winners, respectively. The event concluded officially with the vote of thanks delivered by Sreetirth KK (third year B.A. B.Ed. English) who was the co-coordinator of SPELLBOUND. It is evident that SPELLBOUND was a resounding success, showcasing the linguistic prowess and competitive spirit of the participating students.

Report By: Durga Manju Rajeev (third year B.Sc. Applied Psychology (Honours))