Declan conquers philanthropy, cellophane, falls to potpourri
ONE word Year 6 student Declan Ellis won't forget how to spell is "potpourri".
The Casino Public School student missed out on one "r" when he represented his school by travelling to Sydney for the NSW Premier's State Spelling Bee.
Up against 42 other finalists from across the state, Declan made it into the top 10 spellers before he missed that one letter.
"I was nervous but excited," Declan said.
This is the second time Declan has made it to the dizzy heights and challenges of spelling against NSW's best students.
"I learnt from my first time to speak slowly, leaving gaps, and I repeat the word a second time to visualise (it) in my head," he said.
Each of the students was introduced to the audience, sharing their likes and dislikes in a warm-up round where they got to spell an easy word.
Declan was introduced as "loves soccer, reading and spending time with his friends. He also finds spelling difficult words challenging".
Some of the words he had to spell in the earlier rounds were avalanche, heroine, trajectory, liquidator and acuity.
The next lot of words were unseen by the competitors and Declan got philanthropy, cellophane and, finally, potpourri.
"I'd heard of the word but never seen it written before," he said.
"I think I made a good guess."
The overall winner of the competition was William Stamp from Mona Vale Public School on Sydney's northern beaches.