Princess awards NJ Spelling Bee winners
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn recently granted an audience to Duangkamol Chotana, president of Nation Multimedia Group, and awarded trophies to the two young winners of the two previous Nation Junior Spelling Bees.The winners were Supawat Kongthong from Triamudom Suksa School and Nuntarruth Chenboon-thai from Satriwittaya II School.
NMG's NJ Magazine is focusing more on the importance of English-language development among young people, especially in the run-up to the Asean Economic Community in 2015. The NJ Spelling Bee - a nationwide competition supported by the Princess, state agencies and corporations - is just one of the publication's many initiatives.
Students had to take an online test to qualify. Of them, the top 1,000 students from each of the country's four regions were given a chance to take part in the qualifiers held this year in two sites per region. The top 1,000 for all regions were then halved to represent the upper and lower half of the country. In order to cut the travelling time for teachers and students, the two locations were linked via high-speed Internet.
The Grand National Final of the 15th NJ Spelling Bee took place on November 24 at the John XXIII Conference Centre of Assumption University's Suvarnabhumi Campus, where 50 representatives from each region, 200 competitors in total, competed head-to-head for the top honours.
The 2012 "Champ of the Year", Nuntarruth Chenboonthai from Satriwittaya II School, beat all his rivals to land a month-long English-language summer course at Eltham College in Melbourne, Australia. His adviser, Thanachporn Unnoi, will go on a two-week paid visit to Australia. The four runners-up were awarded a four-day trip to India, along with their advisers.
Details on the next Spelling Bee will be released soon.