Issue 2, 2013. April-May

   

S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G TO LEARN

The first annual National English Spelling Competition finals were held at the National Youth and Children's Palace on March 30 in Tbilisi.


The competition was the final round of a year long project to help motivate Georgian children to learn English. Initiated by Peace Corp volunteer Adam Malinowski last year, the spelling bee started with local competitions in more than 126 schools around the country, with over 2400 students. On March 30, 34 top spellers from nine regions around Georgia came to Tbilisi to compete for iPads, iPods, free English classes, and other prizes.

The three winners for the 8th and 9th grades were: 1st - Sopho Tsikoridze, Kutaisi;

2nd - Tatia Kakhetelidze, Khashuri; and 3rd - Diana Baboyan, Akhaltsikhe. The three winners for the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades were: 1st - Nana Ghonghadze, Tbilisi;

2nd - Tamari Mtchedlishvili of Tetritskaro; and 3rd - Ani Talakhadze of Kvibisi.

The spelling bee's partners and sponsors include the Free University of Tbilisi and Agriculture University of Georgia, Rico Credit, World Vision Georgia, U.S. Embassy, The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, Peace Corps Georgia, American Corners, ETI, British Council Georgia, and American Friendship Club.