Will contest spell success for linguistic youngsters?

Finalist's of the Foreign Language Spelling competition.'Jessica O'Brien ( 11 ) & Chloe Kunz ( 12 ), Guilsborough School
Finalist's of the Foreign Language Spelling competition.'Jessica O'Brien ( 11 ) & Chloe Kunz ( 12 ), Guilsborough School
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TWO girls from a village secondary school will be competing in the national final of a foreign language spelling competition tomorrow (Friday).

Jessica O’Brien and Chloe Kunz will take on fellow year seven pupils from across the country in the Foreign Language Spelling Bee, which is a memory test and language competition held at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

The pupils will have one minute to translate and spell aloud as many words as they can from a memorised list in German.

Chloe, 12, said: “We are both good at German and so were put in for a test at school. After that four of us from the school were chosen to go to the regional final in Corby.”

The girls’ success continued at that competition as Chloe came second and Jess came fourth - meaning they qualified for the national final.

Jess, 11, said: “We are a bit nervous because there will be more pressure in the final but hopefully we can win.

“We are looking forward to it and will also get part of the day off school too which is good.”

Ann Pugh, who has co-ordinated the project at Guilsborough School, said: “I am really proud and impressed with their achievements so far and the effort the girls are putting into the learning.

“We meet once or twice a week to practice and they have apps on their phones which they use at home.

“Judging by their practice runs I think they stand a good chance.”