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Classmate Spell Bee, India’s largest spelling competition back with 11th season

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Classmate Spell Bee, India's largest spelling competition for school students, is back with its 11th season.
 
The competition, backed by Classmate, a notebook brand by ITC, and Radio Mirchi, will provide a platform for the best spellers in schools across the country to identify their strengths and achieve recognition for their speilling skills.
 
"The spelling extravaganza, promises to deliver a bigger and better experience than it did in its last season. It will travel to more than 1000 schools across 30 cities and will reach out to more than 6,50,000 students from standards 5 to 9," the release said.
 
Students from around India can also participate online at www.classmatespellbee.in. 
 
The top 16 participants of the competition also get to showcase their skills on national television on The Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids and Discovery Tamil.
 
"Classmate believes that every child is unique, inspired by this belief, the theme for the competition ‘Every child is unique and so is every word’ centers around the brand’s philosophy of celebrating uniqueness," the release said.
 
Shailendra Tyagi, Chief Executive, ITC’s Education and Stationery Products Business, said, "Classmate has always endeavored to recognize, nurture & celebrate the uniqueness of every child. Classmate Spell Bee Season 11 takes Classmate’s brand thought of celebrating uniqueness further as it gives students yet another opportunity to identify and showcase their distinctive talents and skills on a nationwide platform. Classmate Spell Bee season 11 builds on the scale we achieved last year with the aim of reaching out to an even larger number of students across schools and cities in India, through a school contact program coupled with a dedicated website to engage students. The brand promises to support a child’s dreams with an equally unique and world class set of stationery products like notebooks, writing, drawing, art stationery and math instruments."
 
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Mahesh Shetty, C.O.O., Entertainment Network (India) Limited said, “Every year Spell Bee is connecting more integrally with students, parents and teachers. Having started off as a spelling competition, it is today a landmark event that propagates the education of the English language at the highest level. It brings together some of the brightest children from across the country on one of the most credible edutainment based platforms. This year the competition will garner participation from across 30 cities through our on-ground efforts to add to robust participation online. Like every year, the competition will be televised to encourage students to showcase their skills on a national platform and prepare for the upcoming season. What makes the competition special is the pride that participants take in participating in it and in making it what it has become today.”
 
The National Champion of Classmate Spell Bee Season 11 will win a grand prize of Rs. 2,00,000 apart from the opportunity to witness the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2019 with a parent in Washington D.C., U.S.A. in an all-expenses paid trip. 
 
The four semi-finalists will win a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each. The grand prize for the winner of Classmate Spell Bee Season 11 and those for the semi-finalists have been specifically designed by Classmate to help encourage and enable students to follow their heart’s true calling.
 
The initial phase of the competition will comprise an on-ground exercise where children will be given spelling tests in schools. Top scorers from the school level will battle it out in the gruelling city finale round and the best performing students will make it to the semi-finals from there. The top 10 students from each city will then appear for an online test which will choose the best 16 spellers from across India. These students will then battle it out in the grand finale to win the title of Classmate Spell Bee Champion.
 
This year, Times NIE is the education partner, Discovery Kids is the production and television partner and Victor Tango is the event partner for the property.
 
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