A Marlborough Boys College student has been named as the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee champion.
George Turner, a Year 10 student at Marlborough Boys’ College, won the annual competition after coming second last year.
The word that won him the trophy was ‘Frankincense’. Four students made it to the final round but only George managed to spell his word correctly.
Hundreds of students from more than 100 secondary schools have been whittled down to the top 200 in regional semi-finals and finally to the 19 Year 9 and 10 spellers who competed for the title in Wellington this weekend.
George, 14, took home the trophy and $5000 to go towards his academic pursuits.
The New Zealand Spelling Bee is in its 14th year.