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Dubbo West Public School hosted the district final NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee on Wednesday, with local and surrounding central west schools among more than 153,000 students taking part in this year’s competition.

The participating schools were Dubbo West Public, Dubbo Public, Orana Heights, Dubbo SOuth, Buninyong, Dubbo School of Distance Education, Tottenham Central, Nyngan Public, Trangie Central, Narromine Public, Baradine Central, Coonabarbran Public, Coolah Central, Wellington Public, Warren Central, Tullamore Central and Mendooran Central.

Jake Martin, Baradine Central School won the Years 3 and 4 Junior division, with Sophia Nuguid from Orana Heights coming runner up.

Madelyn Leggett, Wellington Public School won the Years 5 and 6 senior division and Dubbo South Public School student Elinor Wonderley, came second.

The winners were rewarded with a place in the prestigious Spelling Bee State Final in Sydney in November, where 86 students from across the state will compete for the title.

Winning a spot in the State Final is quite an achievement, with around 3,200 students from almost 1000 public schools across NSW competing in the regional finals this month and more than 153,000 students taking part in this year’s competition.

To make it to the regional finals, the junior finalists had to correctly spell words such as refugee, raucous and congregate. Meanwhile, senior students were challenged with words like cruciferous, boisterous and tzatziki.

NSW is the top-ranked State in mean spelling scores at all year levels in this year’s NAPLAN. The Premier’s Spelling Bee is just one of the many initiatives that are improving the literacy skills of public school students across NSW.