High Peak teen crowned UK winner in global literacy event

Glossop teenager Christian Owen is celebrating being crowned the UK winner in a global literacy event, arranged by Unicef, Spellodrome and the World Education Games.  Photo contributed.

Glossop teenager Christian Owen is celebrating being crowned the UK winner in a global literacy event, arranged by Unicef, Spellodrome and the World Education Games. Photo contributed.

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A High Peak teenager is celebrating after being crowned the UK winner in a global literacy event, arranged by Unicef, Spellodrome and the World Education Games.

Thirteen-year-old Christian Owen, a pupil at The Manchester Grammar School (MGS), fought off competition from thousands of children around the world to become the top UK entrant in the World Literacy Day spelling competition. He battled through five rounds of spelling and was ranked 18th in the world and the only pupil in the UK to reach the top 20.

Speaking of his win, Christian, who lives in Glossop, said: “I am so happy to have won this accolade and to have taken part in such a fantastic event in the first place. When we got to the fifth round it really was getting tricky but I got enough points to secure the UK winner position and I’m thrilled.”

Rachelle Cope, Christian’s English teacher at MGS, added: “Christian is a remarkable student and did exceptionally well; we’re incredibly proud that the UK’s top entrant into this event was one of our own. Christian has a very bright future ahead of him.”