A GEORGE schoolboy has successfully defended his title at a national spelling bee.
Derick Hill, 12, represented the Eastern Cape at the Pick n Pay Spell Check competition in Johannesburg.
The regional finals were held at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University last month, with 63 pupils from 21 schools participating.
Derick, who finished second, then went on to the national competition where finalists from around South Africa competed.
And in the end, it was the word “maelstrom” – which Derick knows from a computer game he often plays – that earned him the title as South Africa’s top speller.
“I was the defending champion and I was very happy and relieved when I won,” he said. “My family is proud of me. The children at my school and teachers were happy for me.”
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