Zamir’s Sweet Victory (dipetik dari New Straits Times, 14 Mei)

15 May

PETALING JAYA: IT was a battle of the champions with three former state winners in the mix at the Selangor secondary category of the RHB-New Straits Times National Spell-It-Right (SIR) Challenge yesterday.
Followers of the SIR would have had their eyes on defending Selangor title holder Amirul Fitri Zainol Abidin, last year’s Perlis state victor Pang Zheng Bin and 2010 Selangor primary champion Angeline Christie Danny who joined the secondary competition for the first time this year.
But in the end, it was 16-year-old Zamir Ariff Zainal who stole the title from Amirul, 17, who had to settle for third spot.
However, victory did not come easy to the fourth-former from SMK Seksyen 9.
While Zamir had nailed all three of his final round words — “fetid”, “plebeian” and “demonym” — he had to go head-to-head with second place winner Kashvini T. Thanarajulu Naidu from SMK USJ 4, who had also gotten all three of her final round words right.
The first-time SIR contender emerged as the champion when he got “librettist” right and Kashvini tripped up on “vimineous” in a tiebreaker round. “The contest was tough and I was surprised that I beat former state winners.”
Zamir took home RM3,000 and the honour of representing the state at the National Challenge in Kuala Lumpur in July.
Kashvini was happy with her achievement as she had only hoped to enter the finals.
The 15-year-old who took home RM2,500 said she was lucky as the words she got were familiar to her.
Although Amirul was disappointed at not being able to come in first, he saw this year’s results as a passing of the baton to a new champion.
“I am very happy with how I did because I had to guess my final round words and managed to get one right,” said the fifth-former from Pusat Permata Pintar Negara who went home with the third prize of RM2,000.
Pang, 16, who is also from Pusat Permata Pintar Negara, came in fourth and received RM1,500 while fifth spot went to three-time SIR entrant Nurul Shamine Shaifful Anuar from SMK Bukit Jelutong who received RM1,000.
Angeline was among the 10 finalists who received a consolation prize of RM200 each.
In Kota Kinabalu, Nurul Shazleen Rozin could hardly believe her ears when she was pronounced the Sabah state secondary champion of the RHB-New Straits Times National Spell-It-Right Challenge (SIR) yesterday.
The fourth-former from SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu was the clear winner when she had two of her final round words right — “alate” and “profluent”.
The other 14 finalists had managed only one or none.
“I took part last year but didn’t make it to the finals so winning this year was a huge surprise,” said the 16-year-old after the competition which was held at 1Borneo Hypermall yesterday.
Nurul Shazleen walked away with RM3,000 and the honour of representing her state at the National Challenge in Kuala Lumpur on July 14.
Second place went to Rachel Mahasen, a Form Four student from SMK St Francis Convent (M).
It was beginner’s luck for this lass, who had never entered any spelling bees prior to yesterday.
Third place and a prize of RM2,000 went to Ghazlina Poedjo, 16, from SM Maktab Sabah, a second-time SIR contestant.
SMK Lok Yuk Kota Kinabalu students rounded off the top five by taking fourth and fifth places.

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