St Clair’s William Burgess will feature in The Great Australian Spelling Bee on Channel 10 on Sunday. Picture: Isabella LettiniDESPITE being only 10-years-old, William Burgess can spell better than some people twice his age.
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TheColyton Public School student will battle it out with the best young wordsmiths in the country when he features onThe Great Australian Spelling Bee on Channel 10 this Sunday.

He said he first realised his talent for spelling while in year 2 at Blackwell Public School.

”We had a practice spelling bee at my old school and I finished second,” the year 5 student told the Star.

”The next year I came second in the regional spelling bee and just missed out on going to nationals.”

A bit of light reading. Picture: Isabella Lettini

William was transferred to Colyton Public this year as part of the state government’s Opportunity ClassPlacementprogramwhich requires applicantsto sita test to gain admittance.

A resident of St Clair, he said 2016 was the second time he hadapplied for The Great Australian Spelling Bee.

“I saw an advertisement for a spelling bee that would be televised and asked my parents if I could enter.They said I could but I didn’t make it the first time.

“I’m really happy to make it this year and it was so exciting to go to Fox Studios.”

Father Kirk Burgess said William and his brother Indie both love school and will read anything put in front of them.

“They are constantly reading so (my wife and I)give them heaps of books,” he said.

“We knew William could spell and we just wanted to encourage him, not that he needed much encouragement.”

William Burgess (left) and his brother Indie go head-to-head in a game of Scrabble. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

When he’s not buried in a book, William said he likes to play guitar, football, draw and write stories. He wants to be a musician when he grows up.

Despite the program having been filmed in April, William remained tight-lipped about his chances on Sunday.

“I’m confident I can make it through a few rounds but it will be a big challenge.”

He said there is one word he hopeshe does not come across in futurecompetitions–antidisestablishmentarianism.

“That’s a hard one.”

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