Devin McEvoy has been confirmed as this year’s winner of the County Laois Eason Spelling Bee Final.
Devin McEvoy, who is a pupil at St Patrick’s National School in Ballylinan, soared to the top following a tense competition in which he faced six fellow spelling enthusiasts.
Devin will now go on to compete in the Leinster Provincial Spelling Bee in May.
Devin is an avid reader and his favourite author is David Walliams.
Celebrating its tenth year, the Eason Spelling Bee provides a fun, educational outlet for school kids, encouraging them to expand their vocabulary and develop their confidence.
Group Head of Marketing at Eason, Brendan Corbett, said: “At Eason, we can’t quite believe that we are celebrating the 10th year of the Eason Spelling Bee.
“It’s a tremendous achievement and a testament to the bright-sparks of the nation.
“We’re incredibly proud to have created something that allows children to engage in an educational activity that develops their literacy, spelling, confidence and gives them so much enjoyment.”
As well as the prestigious title of Eason Spelling Bee 2023 Champion, the top Bee will also take home a collection of books for their school library, worth €7,500 as well as a personal collection of books worth €500.
This year, over 500 schools nationwide will compete against each other in a bid to win the coveted prize.
The Eason Spelling Bee team will be travelling around the country to host County Final Bees, and then progressing to a Provincial Bee contest.
The champions from these will then go head-to-head in the All-Ireland Final Bee, taking place in June 2023, with the lucky winner being crowned King or Queen Bee.
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