Determined Martyna spells it out

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A POLISH schoolgirl has finished fifth out of two million children across the globe in a competition to find the world’s best speller.

Martyna Lipska, 9, who goes to Isaac Newton Primary School, spelled English words in the competition, despite Polish being her first language.

Last year, in the same competition, she finished 49th out of one-and-a-half million children, but this year improved to fifth despite the rise in the taking part.

Headteacher Stephen Tapley was delighted with Martyna’s effort.

He said: “I thought it was incredible when she finished 49th last year. Everyone knows she has worked so hard and is really keen to do well.

“When the certificate came through to say she’d finished fifth we couldn’t believe it.

After finishing in the top 50 last year Martyna wrote in the Journal about her aim to finish in the top ten.