Sukhmani Kaur Gill placed first in the Primary Division at the BC Regional Spelling Bee Championships held recently at the Khalsa School on Old Yale Road

Spelling champs off to Toronto

Five Surrey students have qualified for the National Spelling Bee Championships on May 15

There’s a buzz in the air at Surrey’s Khalsa school.

525 students from across the province descended on the school’s Old Yale Road campus April 14-16 to compete in the BC Regional Spelling Bee Championships.

The three-day event saw students battle for spelling supremacy in three age groups, Primary, Junior and Intermediate.

With the top six winners to compete at the National Championships (top two in each age group), Surrey students captured five of the top six spots, four from the Khalsa School Old Yale campus and one from Simon Cunningham Elementary.

“It was really beautiful to see children who came from far away, such as Campbell River and other places,” said Spelling Bee of Canada BC Chapter President Mrs Kamalpreet Kaur Baga.

The National Championships will take place May 15 in Toronto.

Students eligible to compete in Toronto are Sukhmani Kaur Gill and Harvir Singh Sukhija in the Primary division, Avi Maru and Mehar Sahota in the Junior division and Arsh Sandhu and Gurshan Singh Sangha in the Intermediate division.

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