On 27th April 2014, the Preliminary State Challenge for RHB New Straits Time National Spell-It-Right Challenge was held at Dewan Serba Guna, Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Shah Alam. The purpose of the Preliminary State Challenge is to select the top 100 spellers to participate in the RHB New Straits Times Spell-It-Right State Challenge. The Spell-It-Right Challenge aims at giving students an opportunity to compete with others so that they are able to master the spelling skills. It also serves to boosts students’ confidence in using the English Language besides producing students who are articulate in the English Language.
18 students from Pusat PERMATApintar Negara participated in the competition. There were 16 students in the Secondary School Level and 2 students in the Primary School Level. The students who participated in the Secondary School Level were Abul Munzeer bin Mohamad Isa, Adam Muhammad bin Ahmad Azhar, Ahmad Mu’az bin Mazlan, Ahmad Zuhair bin Zakaria, Cosmartin Alistair Anak Cosmas Bujing, Grace Chai Yu Xuan, Isaac Mok Kai Xiang, Kamini a/p Sivajothy, Leah Poi Jia Yuen, Muhammad Aniq Najmi bin Ahmad, Muhammad Sharafii bin Faidzal Adlee, Murthadza bin Aznam. Nik Mohammad Khalid bin Nik Ahmad Sarde, Ryan Owen anak Sigat, Siti Najihah binti Mohamad Sharif and Solehah binti Salim. The two students from the Primary School Level were Ong Jing Kai and Zoey Zeffrey Azman.
We left the Pusat PERMATApintar Negara by bus at about 9 in the morning and arrived at our destination at about 10. A lot of students from different schools all over the state of Selangor were already there. We alighted from the bus and as soon as we gathered, we headed towards the registration counter to register our names for the preliminaries. The receptionists then stamped the back of our hands as proof of register. We had to wait a while for the competition to start. At about 11 o’clock, the Master of Ceremony or better known as the emcee announced that the competition would start and we were allowed to enter the hall. We had to line up patiently and at the hall’s entrance and showed our stamped hand before they could let us in.
When we were in the hall, we walked towards the rows of tables and chairs. We were allowed to sit anywhere we wanted. However, some of us had to change to different seats to make the seating more systematic. When all of us were comfortably seated, the Master of Ceremony greeted and welcomed us to the 7th RHB New Straits Times National Spell-It-Right Challenge 2014 Preliminary State Challenge. Before we started the preliminaries, we were given a short brief about the procedures and instructions. There was also a short demonstration of how the words would be given. Then, 30 words were given. After all the words had been listed, we were allowed to exit the hall. At the exit, some of the staff handed out the certificate of participation to all the participants.
On 22nd May 2014, the participants who succeeded in the preliminaries were announced. 100 students from all over Selangor were selected. The students from Pusat PERMATApintar Negara who passed are:
- Muhammad Sharafii bin Faidzal Adlee
- Isaac Mok Kai Xiang
- Kamini a/p Sivajothy
- Ryan Owen anak Sigat
- Cosmartin Alistair anak Cosmas Bujing.
The selected students will represent Pusat PERMATApintar Negara in the RHB New Straits Times National Spell-It-Right Challenge 2014 Top-100 State Challenge on the 22nd June 2014, at Tropicana City Mall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
We hope that the 5 students who are selected among 100 top spellers in Selangor will do PERMATApintar proud at the state level.
Isaac Mok Kai Xiang