Malaysian is winner at first annual regional spelling contest

SINGAPORE - Malaysian Kenneth Wu Min Jin and Singaporean Elizabeth Yong Shi En were the winners for the secondary and primary categories of the first annual regional spelling competition respectively.

They were named the champions at the Asia Spelling Cup, an event pitting spelling prowess of primary and secondary school students from the region.

Both winners beat 19 other finalists in an exciting three-hour competition yesterday with each taking home the grand prize of US$5,000 (S$6,200) and a Samsung Tablet Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Finalists competed in one-hour elimination rounds where they were asked to spell a series of words.

Wu and Yong emerged victorious after 10 levels, having to spell more than 10 words.

"We are delighted about the success of this first edition of Asia Spelling Cup," said David Topolewski, chief executive officer of the event's organiser Qooco.

"Due to the great response, we will be expanding the contest to include students from more countries such as India, Myanmar and Pakistan for next year's championship in Bali."

Runner up for the primary category, Michael Anil Naratnam from Malaysia and third placed Samuel Abraham Tang from Indonesia, walked away with US$2,500 and US$1,500 and a Samsung Tablet each, respectively.

For the secondary category, the runner up was Amanda Ngu Teng Teng from Malaysia and third was Kowsalya Ganesan from Singapore.

The Asia Spelling Cup saw 19 finalists representing four countries - China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore - from the Asia Pacific region.