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India's largest spelling competition is back with its 9th season classmate spell bee takes Indian schools by storm

Updated: Jan 09, 2017 18:06 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan 9 (ANI-NewsVoir): Classmate, India's No.1 Notebook Brand by ITC and Radio Mirchi are back with Season 9 of India's largest spelling competition for school students, Classmate Spell Bee.

The competition provides an appropriate platform for the country's best spellers to identify their strengths and achieve recognition for their unique spelling 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 3,00,000 students from standards 5 to 9.

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.

"Classmate has always endeavored to recognize, nurture and celebrate the uniqueness of every child. Classmate Spell Bee Season nine 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 nine 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 novel mobile app and 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," said Chief Executive ITC's Education and Stationery Products Business, Shailendra Tyagi.

"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," said COO, Entertainment Network (India) Limited, Mahesh Shetty.

Abhishek Anand, Marketing Manager, Classmate and the marketing team at ITC's ESPB have customized this multi layered engagement platform to drive student outreach and participation.

Season nine saw Classmate Spell Bee actively engaged with its consumers through a dedicated website.

Specialized content was created for students through learning modules, tests, interactive blogs and contests. The focus this year is to create a holistic educative experience for participants using a versatile mobile app and web based learning and practice solutions.

Classmate believes in encouraging children to excel in the field of their choice by 'becoming the first' instead of being 'the next somebody' and to follow their heart's own calling.

Classmate Spell Bee serves to build the brand thought on ground, inspiring school students to identify and showcase their spelling skills by providing them with a unique platform to hone and showcase their language and spelling skills

Gratification details of Classmate Spell Bee Season nine:

The National Champion of Classmate Spell Bee Season nine will win a grand prize of Rs. 2,00,000/- apart from the opportunity to witness the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2017 with a parent in Washington D.C., U.S.A. in an all expenses paid trip. The 4 semi finalists will win a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each. The grand prize for the winner of Classmate Spell Bee Season 9 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 of 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.

The competition this year is powered by The Times of India, Times NIE is the education partner, Discovery Kids is the television partner and Victor Tango is the event partner for the property.

As per Survey conducted by IMRB in April, 2016. (ANI-NewsVoir)

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