Eighty two spellers from all over the country will converge in Accra this weekend to compete in the National Finals of The Spelling Bee 2015. The Spellers, including 2 visually impaired students from Akropong School for the Blind, emerged winners at their regional finals which came off between October and November of 2014.
The Spelling Bee 2015 began with over 140 schools, whose students were taken through intensive training in preparation for the regional and national finals. The Spellers were taken through the rudiments of spelling, such as, word roots and origins, prefixes and suffixes and combining forms amongst others.
At the regional and national finals, The Spelling Bee is conducted in both written and oral formats. The written format is usually a vocabulary test after which spellers go on-stage to spell orally. This year’s regionals saw Miss Efua Ansaa Manukure of Ridge Church School come out tops but it remains to be seen if she can hold that place at the national finals.
The Country Director of Young Educators Foundation & current Vlisco Ambassador, Mrs. Eugenia Tachie-Menson said of this year’s competition, “We are expecting a highly competitive Bee this year because a number of the spellers are coming back for their 2nd or 3rd time”. Those repeat spellers tend to perform very well, but then again, there’s always a surprise ending at the Bee, so who is to say which speller will come out tops?”
The winner of The Spelling Bee receives an all-expense paid trip to the US in May 2015 to represent Ghana at the 88th Scripps Spelling Bee courtesy Indomie Noodles, Ghc1,500 Ecobank Junior Saver Account, and other products from DSTV, Muscatella & e-toys & More.
The Spelling Bee is a literacy programme that teaches children how to improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary and develop English usage which will help them all their lives. The Spelling Bee, which is organised by Young Educators Foundation, is the local version of the Scripps Spelling Bee of the USA. Ghana remains the only African country to participate in this international competition.
Venue – Osu Presby Hall
Time – 12noon
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