Haverhill student spells his way to the final

James Martinez

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A talented youngster from Haverhill has beaten off competition from more than 75,000 others to reach the national final of a Spelling Bee at Anglia Ruskin University.

Year 7 pupils from 580 schools nationwide have been given 200 words to learn in their chosen language, either French, German or Spanish.

The winner of the Routes into Languages National Spelling Bee will be the pupil who can correctly translate and then spell the most words in 60 seconds.

Samuel Ward Academy pupil James Martinez (French language) has won through school and regional heats, and will be amongst the 108 national finalists in Cambridge next month.

Sarah Schechter, project manager, said: “We look forward to welcoming all the children on July 1 and hope the academic ambience of Cambridge can give them all that extra ‘je ne sais quoi’.”