Derrylin girl is our champion speller!

Spelling Bee
WHEN it comes to spelling for Laoise McManus, spelling is as easy as ABC!
Ten year old Louise from St Ninnidh’s Primary School has really got it covered when it comes to spelling.
The Derrylin girl has just won the Fermanagh heat of the Spelling Bee competition held last week in the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School.
Laoise was delighted with her win and the prize of a £50 voucher for Easons.
“It wasn’t very difficult until I got to the last question, how to spell mischievous, and I got it right,” said the Derrylin girl.
She’s been an avid reader since her first book arrived one Christmas Day years ago. 
“It was a book ‘Amellia Jane’ and when I read that I immediately got to like reading and spelling,” said Laoise, who now regularly reads two or three books a week.
Now she enjoy authors like JK Rowling and Enid Blyton.
Asked how she gets difficult spellings correct she explained, “I just break the word down to find the words within the word and then remember it. I don’t find it too difficult.”
Her principal Gavin O’Reilly described her as a modest, unassuming little girl, but very talented.
“She’s talented at music, reading and spelling and has accumulated three million 600 words in accelerated reading in school,” he said. 
Eight spelling enthusiasts from around the county competed in the Fermanagh heat and winner, Laoise, will now go on to take part in the Provincial Spelling Bee competition in Belfast before the overall final in June, where the four provincial winners will battle it out to be crowned the 2017 Eason Spelling Bee Champion.


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