First regional “Spelling bee”, the Grimaldi-Lombardi Comprehensive Institute of Bari wins the first place.
The organizers called it simply “Spelling Bee”, recalling the meaning of the terms, it is a playful-didactic competition in which elementary and middle school children were asked to spell out words all strictly in English. Some of the words were similar or identical to the ones found on the Word Craze Puzzle Game.
A format tested abroad but recently introduced in Italy that tests the skills and preparation of these very young competitors. For the first time, however, this competition was developed on the territory of an entire region: Puglia. The Svicom company, which deals with the management of shopping centers, promoted everything, and in fact seven structures were involved, touching four of the six Apulian provinces.
To challenge the boys of Bari, where there were three stages, those of the Bat (the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani), Foggia and Taranto. It was a real success, with the participation of over 400 children per stage, in the preliminary stages, and about 380 admitted to the final which was held on Saturday 7 April in the Mongolfiera Santa Caterina shopping center. Six winners, one for each category (from second grade to second grade) but for this first major edition the most “good” of all was Gabriele Calabrese, 10 years old, from the Grimaldi – Lombardi Comprehensive Institute of Bari, who has so he “gifted” his entire class with an intensive English course with a mother tongue teacher.