Bindlestiff and Deglutition: The winning words

Bindlestiff and Deglutition: The winning words

Kimyeni Grace from Christian Higher Secondary School, Dimapur is the new Spelling Champion in Nagaland


Morung Express News

Kohima | September 25


‘Bindlestiff’ and ‘Deglutition’ were the final words that led Kimyeni Grace, a Class 12 Student from Christian Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, to a sweeping victory in the Fourth Nagaland Spelling Bee Championship in Nagaland. One of the toughest competitions among students and most looked-forward Championship in the State, the fourth edition of the Nagaland Spelling Bee Championship organised by the Fountain Club concluded on September 25 at Capital Convention Centre with 64 schools from the entire districts of Nagaland participating in the Championship.


Grace will be walking away with cash prize of Rs. 60,000 along with trophies and citations.


Radetolü Ringa, a Class 12 student from Kohima Science College, one of the strongest spellers in the Championship lost to Grace in the finals when the former spelt the word ‘Deglutition’ incorrectly, thus giving way to Grace who correctly spelt the word.


Radetolü Ringa, who achieved the second position, was awarded Rs.40, 000 with trophies and citations. Lamken Kezevilie Hansing from Chandmari Higher Secondary School received the third position with a cash prize of Rs. 20, 000 and Wekeso-ü Mero who reached the fourth position bagged Rs. 15,000. The quarter finalists were Khrieketuozo Khezhie from Corrogio School Kohima, Ramu Thapa, Kohima Science College, Dzuzhuro Arücho, Model Higher Secondary School and Kuzoto Swüro, Modern Academy Kohima. Each quarter finalists received Rs. 5000 each.


“These are what matters. These are the things that we can count as achievements, as milestones in our society,” noted Dr. Visakhonü Hibo, Principal, Japfü Christian College who graced the closing event of the Championship as the Special Guest at Capital Convention Centre, Kohima. Congratulating the organizers and the champions, Hibo asserted that competitions like the Spelling Bee Championship are what bring change and development in the society.


Referring to the use of the English language among the younger generation, which Hibo termed as reducing ‘the beautiful words into micro slices of sms language’, the Principal of Japfü Christian College asserted that checkers like the Spelling Bee Championship can only restore the proper implementation of words.


“These are the things which will take our society forward, which can make us proud and hold our head up high. These are the things which can enable us to catch up with the rest of the world,” added Hibo, who impressed upon the need for the Naga society to realize the importance of such activities which are beneficial for the younger generation and ultimately ‘will put us in the global map’.


Commending the Fountain Club for initiating the Championship which is running its fourth year now, Ayo Jajo Aier stated that the Club has maintained its integrity throughout and further embodies the qualities of being Nagas, which include humility, hard-work, slogging behind the scenes without recognition and so on. Aier hoped that the Spelling Bee Championship will become the Premier Spelling Bee in the State, further noting that the Championship is the making of character, progressive competition, and bringing laurels not just to the individual but the parents, schools and community.