The Spelling extravaganza Classmate Spell Bee is back with a new season and it is bigger than ever.
Classmate Spell Bee - Season 7 provides a platform for the country's best spellers to identify their strengths and achieve recognition for their unique spelling skills. This year the event ' An Initiative by Radio Mirchi' will travel to more than 800 schools across 30 cities and will reach out to more than 2,75,000 students from Classes V to IX. Students from across India can also participate online at www.classmatespellbee.in.
Classmate is one of India's leading notebook brands by ITC and Classmate Spell Bee is the largest school-level competition in India. Times NIE is the contest's education partner.
The top 16 participants will also get to showcase their skills on national television on The Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids and Discovery Tamil. The National Champion of Classmate Spell Bee Season 7 will win a grand prize of Rs 2,00,000/- apart from the opportunity to witness the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2015 with a parent in Washington DC, USA, in an all-expenses-paid trip. The four semi-finalists will win a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each.
Commenting on the launch, Chand Das, chief executive, ITC's Education and Stationery Products Business, said: "Classmate has always endeavoured to recognize, nurture and celebrate the uniqueness of every child. Classmate Spell Bee Season 7 takes Classmate's brand thought of celebrating uniqueness further as it gives students yet another opportunity to identify and showcase their distinctive talents and skills on a nationwide platform. Classmate Spell Bee Season 7 builds on the scale we achieved last year with the aim of reaching out to an even larger number of students across schools and cities in India, through a school contact programme coupled with a novel mobile app and a dedicated website to engage students."
Hitesh Sharma, executive president, Entertainment Network (India) Limited, said: "Spell Bee has come a long way since we conceptualized and launched it seven years back. Having started off as a spelling competition, it is today a landmark event that propagates the education of the English language at the highest level. This year the competition gets bigger and will garner participation from across 30 cities through our on-ground efforts to add to robust participation online. Spell Bee aims at becoming the definitive competition for school students in India in the literary space."