Angeline Christie Danny, 11, has been sleeping with her Oxford Advanced Dictionary every day since the RHB New Straits Times National Spell-It-Right Challenge started.
Angeline, who defeated six contestants in the state finals at Subang Parade Mall, will represent her state in the SIR National Challenge. She won a RM2,000 cash prize and a plaque for her school, SK Pandan Perdana, Ampang.
Tan Tse Yuen of SJK (C) Puay Chai 2, Bandar Utama, was in second place. In third place was Venessa Yoong Yoke Yen of SJK (C) Sin Ming, Puchong.
Meanwhile, It was a battle of the sexes in the secondary school category.
Amirul Fitri Zainol Abidin of SMK Puncak Alam emerged state champion after he beat Nurul Shamine Shaifful Anuar of SMK Bukit Jelutong in a face-off round with his winning word “aggrandisement”.
Nurul Shamine came in second after she misspelled “conurbation” with an “o” instead of a “u”. It was her only mistake throughout the competition.
The two were among 11 contestants in the state finals.
Amirul Fitri believed that determination, perseverance and luck helped him through the competition. He will represent Selangor in the national challenge on Aug 7.
Sixteen-year-old Rachel Chin Mun Yi of SMK Seksyen 1 Bandar Kinrara won the third prize. The fourth and fifth prizes went to Nicola Anne of SMK Assunta and Nurul Nadia Zainol of SMK Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, respectively.
SIR presenter and judge Rehman Rashid said this year’s state challenge had the largest number of entries compared with previous years.
Forty-three schools and 143 students competed in the state challenge held at the Subang Parade Mall.
RHB Bank group managing director Datuk Tajuddin Atan and New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd group managing editor Datuk Zainul Arifin Mohammed Isa presented the prizes to the winners.