Dundalk girl Ruth McGee has been announced as the the winner of the Louth County Bee 2016.
The 11 year old from St. Malachy’s GNS, Dundalk fought off stiff competition from a number of other spelling enthusiasts and will now be entered into the Provincial Spelling Bee.
Ruth is a keen reader and is currently reading Roald Dahl.
The nationwide competition is part of an overall Eason literacy and reading initiative that aims to inspire children to develop a greater appreciation of words in a fun and educational way, and to encourage them to perfect their spelling and pronunciation skills.
Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said;
“The Eason Spelling Bee continues to go from strength to strength, and in this our 6th year, we will see a record number of over 1,100 schools participate.
“The competition is not only great fun for the children but it is also very beneficial as spelling is a great way to help develop reading and literacy skills.
“We’re really looking forward to getting out and meeting this year’s Bees and enjoying the fantastic support from their families, classmates and teachers.”
The ultimate spelling contest starts out with registered schools holding their own in-school bee to find their school champion.
The Spelling Bee team then travel around the country to hold the County Final Bees, which then leads to four Provincial Finals culminating in the All-Ireland Final in June.
The All-Ireland winning school will receive a mountain of books for their library to the value of €7,500 and the winner themselves will be awarded a goodie package full of books worth €500 and the prestigious title of the 2016 Eason Spelling Bee champion.