Posted: Wednesday 17 May 2017

High School pupil is a multilingual word wizard!

Sneha Sripada put in a spellbinding performance at the 2017 Word Wizard final

A magical performance has earned a High School of Dundee pupil 2nd place in a Scotland-wide modern languages competition.

Sneha Sripada, F1, took the runners-up spot in Scotland's National Centre for Languages, SCILT's, 2017 Word Wizard event, a multilingual spelling contest open to S1-S3 pupils from across the country.

Participating in the beginner's French category at the final at the Scottish Parliament, Sneha's spellbinding grammar skills saw her overcome competition from four other top young linguists to seal her podium place and a trophy.

French teacher Heather Yellowley, who plans to open the event up to other languages and at intermediate level at the School next year, said, "Sneha showed excellent motivation and perseverance to learn 225 words in French and was able to translate, pronounce and spell correctly almost 20 words in one minute."

Sneha had won a spot in the final of the competition, which aims to develop vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, recall and public speaking skills in participants, by coming through a regional semi-final at Dundee University.

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