STUDENTS at Crookhorn College of Technology have won their local heat for the 2011 Times Spelling Bee competition.
The team of four beat six schools from the region to claim victory at the Chichester Cineworld, on Wednesday.
Josh Mullard, 12, Libby Jeeves, 12, Megan Livesey, 11 and Ben Armstrong, 12, spelt challenging words like ‘fulminate’ and ‘disposable’.
Ben said: ‘In the beginning I found it very scary and was shaking, but once I said my first word I felt a lot better.’
Libby added: ‘I was nervous to start off with but when we finished the first round, I was all the more confident.’
The team will now enter the regional semi-finals in May.
Eleven winners from that round will travel to London to compete in the Grand Final at the O2 Arena on June 23.
Anna Wood, the school’s library manager, said: ‘They kept their composure – more than I did in the audience!
‘Giving up some of their break and lunch times to practise paid off.
‘I’m very proud of them.’