We are truly short of words, after the phenomenal response received from Skardu. A warm welcome from the local people of Skardu, and the schools. It was truly a breath taking experience, and an absolute delight to have entered, captured and conquered the Skardu Gilgit Baltistan Region through Dawn in Education National Spelling Bee Competition.
As part of its efforts to increase the outreach of the programme, the competition for the first time was conducted at Skardu with a participation of over 35 schools and approximately 270 students from not only Skardu City but also surrounding areas of Khaplu, Roundu, Jamba Skardu and Satpara. An orientation session with the principals, teachers and teams of all the participating schools was carried out on the 7th of October at the Grace Public School.
The 35 schools battled it out for the coveted Skardu rounds Champion titles in the age groups of 9 -11, 12-14 & 15-17 at the Mashabrum Hotel on the 8th of October 2011. The competition had an audience of over 400 people throughout its duration from 9 in the morning to late evening which included parents, teachers, siblings & class fellows of the participating teams. The competition was also attended by Ms. Julia Fendrick, U.S Embassy Cultural Attache and Mr. Micah Risher, U.S Embassy English Officer
The Skardu rounds Champions for the 9-11 age group was the team from Pepperdine School Network the participants were Syeda Mahnoor Raza, Filza Ayub Wazir & Wazir Ahmed Salman.
For the 12-14 age group Bushra Ishaq, Lubna Baig & Huma Shahid from Public School & College, Sakrdu made up the winning team. The 15-17 age group Champions were Samina Maryam, Khadija Rafiq and Maria Jaffar also from the Public School and College Skardu. The winnings teams will be flown to Islamabad to partake in the Islamabad Regional rounds from the 13th till the 16th of October 2011 at the Islamabad Club Auditorium.