Beelbangera student aces premier spelling comp

A Year 3 student from Beelbangera Public has finished in the top 25 out of the 154,000 students across NSW to participate in the Premier’s Spelling Bee competition

Hughie McLean travelled to Sydney to represent the Riverina region recently. He made it through to the fifth round, and finished in the top 25 out of the 45 who competed. 

His achievement is all the more remarkable given he was one of only four Year 3 students in the top 45 – the rest were all in Year 4. 

He was also the only MIA representative in a final field dominated by Sydney students. 

“I look at the words in my head first, think about it, then spell the best way I can,” Hughie said.

Hughie has long been a book worm, and regular reading is a key to his success.  

“I read to him from a very early age.. we are so proud of him,” mum Caromy said. 

Despite his love of literature, Hughie is planning to be either an AFL player or mechanic when he grows up. You can watch a video of his spelling in action online.

The Premier’s Spelling Bee was introduced in 2004 as a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage in spelling. 

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