MATILDA Stewart is one of four Mid North Coast students in the running to be crowned the state’s best speller.
She made it through the Regional Finals of the NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee recently and was rewarded with a place in the prestigious Spelling Bee State Final in Sydney in November.
Along with 86 students from across the state, the Hastings Public School student will compete for the title and hopes to come home a winner.
“I love challenging myself and learning new words,” she said. “I love to read. I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books several times and I also like to write fiction stories.”
To make it to the regional finals, the junior finalists had to correctly spell words such as refugee, raucous and congregate. Meanwhile, senior students were challenged with words like cruciferous, boisterous and tzatziki.
The final half hour of the competition will be broadcast live on ABC local radio from 5.30pm on Wednesday, November 8.
This journalist challenged Matilda to a spell off over varying levels of difficulty. See how it unravelled below: