An Indian boy impressed the world by his spelling power winning The Spelling Bee Championship UAE 2018-19. Joel Jobi a seventh grader at the Indian High School recently defeated students from different schools in the UAE and took the first prize of Dh25,000 with a trip to Washington DC. Kitsch, alyssum, and grotesqueness were just some of the big words for the 12-year-old Joel Jobi.
Jobi has been participating in the Spelling Bee Contests since fourth grade. He told the reporters “I prepared for it for three months. I am happy all the words I studied came through.”
The Spelling Bee Championship UAE is an important landmark in a student’s academic year. The spelling competition is not merely competition, through the competition, a student learns more than just how to spell words, learns various disciplines of the arts and sciences from medicine to mathematics, to history and geography.
Arpana Lal, Director with Think Line which is one of the organizers of the competition, told about the champion, “Joel is a very gentle, very unassuming speller. Whenever he spelled a word, he was confident and would smile.”
His prize gave him a chance to fly to the US to be a part of the US championship final which is an event where thousands of students from British, Indian, IB and American schools take part.
“The caliber of the students over the years is just better and better. Each year the competition becomes tougher,” Lal added.
In the competition, Aditya Sridhar was the first runner-up from Dubai College and the Second Runner-Up was Kanhai Mehta from Gems Wellington International School, Dubai.

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