IT WAS a N-E-R-V-O-U-S day for 68 school students who participated in the Premier's Spelling Bee 2012 regional finals held at Coutts Crossing Public School yesterday.

And with plenty of tricky words including "linguistics" and "emphatic" to test their revision, the pupils were in for a tough contest.

To make it to the regional finals, students had to prove their accurate ways with words in mini spelling bees at their own schools.

For the finalists - 34 junior and 34 senior students - yesterday's contest spelled the beginning of the next step towards being crowned a state champion speller.

Coutts Crossing Public School teacher and organiser of the regional finals Vanessa Cavanagh said the students demonstrated plenty of determination yesterday.

She said the 54 pupils from Coutts Crossing competed with gusto, four of them reaching the higher rounds in the contest.

"Our students (Samantha Goodwin, Caitlin Carter, Bethany McDonald and Georgia Perry) did very well to reach the levels they did, because some of the words were quite difficult to spell," she said.

"It was the first time our school hosted the event and staff and students were very honoured."

Students from Palmers Island, Leeville, South Grafton and Gillwinga travelled to Coutts Crossing to be a part of the regional finals.

Alexander Fischer from Grafton Public School and Corey Brown from Yamba Public School were the winner and runner-up in the junior section respectively.

Older pupils Adam Liddle from Glenreagh Public School and Isaac Huxley from Westlawn Public School were the winner and runner up in the senior section.

The winners will now travel to Sydney and compete in the state final of the Premier's Spelling Bee 2012 on November 7.

It will be held at the Eugene Goossens Hall at the ABC Centre in Ultimo.



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