The contest featured over 350 standard three students from 175 schools across the country.
The finalists faced last week Tuesday at the Government Campus Auditorium and the competition words were all related to the environment.
Commenting on the level of difficulty of the competition, Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said he doubted whether adults could even spell some of the words selected for the 17 finalists.
He also said he intended to say a special prayer in his moment of prayer in the Senate for his alma mata, Rio Claro Hindu to emerge victorious at the competition.
His prayer was answered when emerging victorious was Chekuri from the Rio Claro Hindu School; second was Angelo Harragin from the Dunross Private Preparatory School and third was Ross Ramkissoon of St. Peters Private Primary School.
Source: Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,244943.html