Jayde spells her way to Sydney

Riverina spelling bee champion Jayde Randall
Riverina spelling bee champion Jayde Randall

Franklin Public School student Jayde Randall will represent the Riverina in the Premier’s Spelling Bee in Sydney this November.

Jayde beat 53 other students from around the Riverina at the regional finals in Wagga Wagga this week, securing her place in the state finals.

Leader of the Gifted and Talented Program at Franklin Public School Anne Till said the whole school was immensely proud of Jayde’s achievement.

“It’s such a big deal for us. It’s unreal,” she said. “When she told me she’d won I just jumped up and down.”

The finals will be held at the ABC Centre in Ultimo, which Jayde will attend with her father and sister – setting aside some time to enjoy the sights of Sydney and attend a show while they’re in the capital.

The 11 year old superstar correctly spelt the words ‘Philharmonic’ and ‘Thermodynamic’ to advance through to the next level, but she said the event was also about meeting people from other areas.

“I met a couple of people and they were really kind,” she said. “It was pretty fun.”

The last time Franklin Public had an entrant in the Premier’s Spelling Bee was with James O’Malley in 2005.

Mrs Till said she hopes the Tumut local’s success will encourage residents to value young people’s literary successes the same way they do in the sporting arena.

“The town really pays homage to sports people, so something academic like this helps it swing the other way,” she said.

Jayde received a medallion and a new dictionary for winning the regional final.