Photo by Daniel Whitfield
  • 14 August 2015

Lupe faces spelling challenge

Lupe through to semi-finals of New Zealand Spelling Bee Challenge

Lupi Aitogi-Paese faced some serious word challenges to reach the regional knock-out competition of the 2015 NZ Spelling Bee Challenge. At only 14 years of age, Lupe can spell a formidable range of words, but "braggadocio" finally stopped her contest at the NZ Spelling Bee semi-finals. Lupe credits her ability to remember words from memorising bible verses as part of Sunday services at her church. 


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This was the first time I'd done something like this. I never expected to get this far. I just studied hard and learnt the words.
Lupe Aitogi-Paese, 2015