Young Donegal lad Jack McBride has been announced as the winner of the Donegal County Spelling Bee, which took place in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.

12-year-old Jack from Kilmacrennan National School (pictured below), came out on top against 33 other spelling enthusiasts and will now be entered into the Ulster Provincial Spelling Bee final at the end of May.

The 6th class student is an avid reader and loves fantasy novels, especially the Harry Potter series.

The Eason Spelling Bee encourages kids throughout the country to practice their spelling, to read more and strives to instill greater confidence when it comes to literacy and spelling, from a young age.

Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said: “We’re extremely proud of the success of the Eason Spelling Bee to date. Over the eight years, we have seen the children of our nation continue to impress with their level of spelling and it’s wonderful to see schools from across the country continuously supporting this initiative.”

Each year the competition begins with registered schools hosting their own in-school Bee competitions, to find their school champion.

From there, the Eason Spelling Bee team hits the road to host the County Final Bees, which then leads to four Provincial Finals. The All-Ireland Final will take place in June 2018, where the champion speller will be crowned.

The winning school will receive a collection of books for their library to the value of €7,500. The Spelling Bee winner will be awarded a goody bag full of books worth €500 and the prestigious title of the 2018 Eason Spelling Bee champion.

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