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SpelQuizBee: Otjiwarongo Secondary sets a record


by Michael Tambo
Education

 

Otjiwarongo Secondary School’s learners set a record in the National High School’s Spelling and Quiz competition (SpelQuizBee) held at Donatus Secondary School last weekend by qualifying in all categories of the competition.
About 16 schools from Otjiwarongo District in Otjozondjupa Region met to battle it out in the competitions. Each school brought seven learners; two learners for the junior spelling category, two students for the senior spelling and the other three for the quiz category.
From all the competitors, only the top two schools will qualify for the competition finals, which will be held at Hilton Hotel in Windhoek later this year, whilst the best two spellers from both junior and senior categories will represent their regions in the national spellings’ finals.
In the quiz category, the schools were grouped into four, with the top two schools from each group qualifying for the semi-finals, which comprised of two groups. Group one in the quiz semi-finals comprised of four quiz teams, which battled it out until the end of the round.
The score board for group one read as follows: Best of Otjiwarongo - a select team from the best three students from the schools had 15 points - Okakarara Secondary School (21 points), Tsumeb Secondary School (26 points) and Donatus Secondary School (five points).
The quiz results for Group B in the semi-finals were as follows: Otjiwarongo Secondary School was leading with 26 points, Otjikoto Secondary School (23 points), followed by Coblenz (10 points) and last on the list was Fridriech Awaseb Secondary School with zero points.
From the two groups, four schools made it into the finals which were won by Otjiwarongo Secondary School (52 points) and Otjikoto Secondary School (37 points). The other two were Okakarara with 22 points and Tsumeb secondary schools with 20 points, respectively.
This is the second time Otjiwarongo Secondary School quiz team has qualified for the finals. The same quiz team came out fourth in last season finale (November) quiz competitions held at Hilton Hotel and this year, they have showed a great potential to win in the finals through their winning scores.
In the spelling category, eight students qualified; three junior spellers and five other seniors.  Elizabeth Labuschangne (Grade 9) from Otjiwarongo Secondary School, Audrey llonga (Grade 10) from Otjiwarongo Secondary School and Andima Febbe (Grade 10) from Khorab Secondary School qualified for the national spelling finals whilst four students qualified for the senior spelling category. The learner’s names are; Jacoba  Keister (Grade 11) from Otjiwarongo Secondary School, Mutangeni Lipinge (Grade 12) from Otjiwarongo Secondary School, Thomas Hamata (Grade 11) from Etosha Secondary School and Kuvare Samantha (Grade 12) from Tsumeb Secondary school and Ngumatjiua Hindjou (Grade 12) from Donatus Secondary School who also qualified for the second time.
Initially, only two learners were supposed to be chosen to represent their regions from each category but because of the level of intelligence and competition showed by the spellers, the judges and the teachers had to reach a decision for the eight students to qualify as they all got their questions correct.
The Otjiwarongo episode was graced by the presence of the sponsors from Cenored who presented a N$50 000 cheque to sponsor SpelQuizBee and the presence of the regional director of Education for Otjozondjupa Region, Ms Faustina Namutenya Caley who thanked the organisers of the show.
In her speech, she said that SpelQuizBee competitions are beneficial to learners because they reinforce spelling skills, which are an essential part of learning composition. She went on to say that knowing how to spell is all about developing an understanding of how words are formed and rules for writing in the English language.