Saturday, September 21, 2013

Umar Farouq Roslan: Kelantan spelling champ

KOTA BARU: Year Five pupil Umar Farouq Roslan emerged as the state champion in his third attempt in the primary category of the RHB New Straits Times National Spell-It-Right (SIR) Challenge held at KB Mall here yesterday.

Umar Farouq of SK Dato' Abdul Hamid 2 in Pasir Mas was the first competitor from outside of the Kota Baru district to win the state-level competition.

The pint-sized aspiring architect was a clear winner in the final round after getting two of his three words correct, while the runners-up were decided after several rounds of tiebreakers.

Umar Farouq took home RM2,000 cash and has the honour of representing his state at the national challenge in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 19.

"I have to thank my parents Roslan Abdul Rahman and Azhani Abdul Rahman for encouraging me to take part in the challenge all these years. My mother, especially, has been diligently coaching me."

Azhani, an English teacher, said she taught all her children to speak English at home and they spoke Bahasa Malaysia only to their father.

"The experience is good for him as he advanced to the final round this time and emerged the winner."

Azhani said Umar Farouq immediately looked up words after losing the challenge last year and prepped seriously this year.

*Taken from NST Online

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