Terence McLaughlin, a Year 7 pupil at Holy Family PS, has been crowned winner of the County Derry heat of the 2012 Ulster Eason Spelling Bee contest.
As well as winning the title, Terence was also awarded £50 worth of books for himself.
Each one of the entrants won a book for taking part in the competition, which was staged at St Anne’s PS in Derry.
Pupils from primary schools right across Derry took part in the ‘County Bee’.
Some of the competing schools included: Rosemount PS, St Anne’s PS, Model PS, Ballykelly PS, Castledawson PS, Knockloughrim PS, St. Mary’s PS, Park and St. Brigid’s PS, Mayogall.
Alan Johnston, marketing manager of Eason, said; “The Ulster Eason Spelling Bee 2012 is an exciting competition aimed at promoting child literacy and is a fun way of getting children interested in an area that is vital to their education and overall development.
!Terence will now be invited to attend the Ulster final in June with the winner heading to the all-Ireland final in Dublin on June 22 to battle it out to be crowned the ‘Eason Spelling Bee 2012’.
Mr Johnston offered his congratulations to all of the pupils who took part in the competition: “The Derry~Londonderry “County Bee” was a tremendous success. I’d like to congratulate Terence on his fantastic achievement. I’d also like to thank all of the schools, parents and, more importantly, all of the children for taking part in this fun and worthwhile initiative and look forward to seeing the competition progress in May and beyond.”