Bateau Bay Public School’s, Zachary Glover, is the former Wyong Shire’s official word wizard and will represent the Coast at the upcoming state finals of the Premier’s Spelling Bee.
Zachary will be joined by Gosford Public School’s, Alex Zhang, as they go head to head with the 46 other senior section finalists who are this year’s cream of the crop when it comes to spelling, landing in the top 0.005 per cent of all competition entrants.
The same applies to Copacabana Public School’s, Zoe Evason, who will compete in the junior section.
Now it its 16th year, the 2019 Spelling Bee has seen a record participation of almost 170,000 students from 1,006 public schools in NSW, an increase of 2,520 students and 50 schools on the 2018 challenge.
To accommodate the growth in entrants, the NSW Department of Education hosted 49 regional finals, of which 28 were in rural NSW and 21 in the Sydney Metro area.
The 2019 state final will be held in the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo later in November.
Media release, Nov 1
Sven Wright, NSW Department of Education