Laragh Wilkinson has been named as Laois Champion Speller in the 2018 Eason Spelling Bee County Competition.
The annual nationwide competition is now in its eighth year.
Eason is delighted to announce Laragh Wilkinson as the winner of the Laois County Spelling Bee, which took place in The Heath National School, Raheendoran, Portlaoise.
12-year-old Laragh from Cosby National School, Stradbally, came out on top against 12 other spelling enthusiasts and will now be entered into the Leinster Provincial Spelling Bee final at the end of May.
The 6th class student is an avid reader and her favourite book is ‘A Spoonful of Murder’ by Robin Stevens.
The Eason Spelling Bee encourages kids throughout the country to practice their spelling, to read more and strives to instil greater confidence when it comes to literacy and spelling, from a young age.
Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said: “We’re extremely proud of the success of the Eason Spelling Bee to date.
“Over the eight years, we have seen the children of our nation continue to impress with their level of spelling and it’s wonderful to see schools from across the country continuously supporting this initiative.”
Each year the competition begins with registered schools hosting their own in-school Bee competitions, to find their school champion.
From there, the Eason Spelling Bee team hits the road to host the County Final Bees, which then leads to four Provincial Finals. The All-Ireland Final will take place in June 2018, where the champion speller will be crowned.
The winning school will receive a collection of books for their library to the value of €7,500.
The Spelling Bee winner will be awarded a goody bag full of books worth €500 and the prestigious title of the 2018 Eason Spelling Bee champion.
Keep up-to-date with all the 2018 Spelling Bee news on www.easons.com/spellingbee