Surrey teen wins Canadian national spelling bee

The 13-year old spelt correctly Ostracod (a tiny crustacean) and Disreputable (not respectable in appearance or character). Canada has a teen champ

Praneet Singh Arora with trophy. – Photo: Spelling Bee of Canada

Surrey teen Praneet Singh Arora emerged won the Spelling Bee of Canada National Championship when he spelt correctly Ostracod (a tiny crustacean) and Disreputable (not respectable in appearance or character).

The 13-year old emerged champ for the intermediate category for children ages 12 to 14 at the competition held in Toronto on May 6.

“He’s been participating for the last two or three years,” his dad Jagjot Singh Arora, told the Now-Leader newspaper. “He’s good at memorizing things. He participated last year, he was first in B.C., and then went to Ottawa and came in third in Canada, and this year he was first in B.C. and so he qualified for the nationals, and he was first there also.”

His dad, Jagjot Singh told The Voice that Praneet, who came to Canada in 2011, was the Under-7 State Chess Champion of the state of Punjab in India and has always excelled in academics. The first time that he participated in the Spelling Bee of Canada was in Grade 5 when he stood third in B.C. Then, last year he stood first in B.C. and third in the nationals held in Toronto.

Again, in 2018, he topped in B.C. and was selected to represent B.C. in the nationals held in Toronto on May 6. It was a tough competition, but he ended up bagging the trophy, the report added.

Praneet who likes reading, performing magic tricks and travelling aspires to be an archaeologist.

His dad, mom Ramneek Kaur and younger sister Maahi, 6, a student of Grade 1 in Khalsa Primary School, Newton Branch, were thrilled at his victory, the report added.

Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC) is an educational organisation that encourages youth, parents, teachers and the community at large to participate in the education process and celebrate academic achievement, according to its website.

How does one start? In the FAQ at its website, this is what they say: “Before your child starts intensive study, create a foundation by you and your child getting to know the words in your child’s section. Read the words together; go over the pronunciation with your child, then read the meaning and example sentence. Make sure the words are being pronounced correctly. Your cell phone or tablet or computer is a valuable tool for checking pronunciation; google the Oxford dictionary, type in the word and press the voice symbol to hear the word orally. Try using the words in your everyday conversation. Have fun making up sentences with your child using the words.”


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