A Sneak Peek of our 10th Anniversary Spelling Competition
The Spelling Bee @ 10: Highlights
Launch: September 9th 2016
T he 10th anniversary of the spelling bee was launched in Accra in September last year. The ceremony drew an array of formidable speakers including US ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Mr. Robert Jackson, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, Dr. Patrick Awuah Jr and Mrs. Lucy Quist to name a few. Other distinguished guests included Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, wife of the former Vice-President of Ghana and former Dep. Min. for tourism Ms. Abla Dzifa Gomashie. Afua Ansah, who made history by becoming the first African and Ghanaian to reach the finals of the Scripps Spelling Bee in May 2016, shared with “spellerbrities” the words of Winston Churchill that “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” The audience included the media, sponsors, selected spellers, educators, Ghanaian authors, the diplomatic corps and other invited guests. Guests received each a novel by a Ghanaian author.
Regional competitions: October- November 2016
After training, our spellers met in various regional competitions and squared off in written vocabulary and oral spelling to race for the coveted top spots. These outstanding spellers have continued training in anticipation for the 10th National Finals competition. Spellers will now showcase their skills until one emerges as the 2017 champion!
Bee Week & National finals: 31st January – 4th February 2017
All regional finalists met in Accra for a week filled with activities before the national finals. On 31st January, Spellers took a vocabulary test which counts as round 1 of the competition. The grade from this test will be added to the points gathered during on stage spelling in round 2. Spellers to with the best marks will make it to round 3.
On 1st February, Spellers went to visit the planetarium and later on watched a movie. On February 2nd, our spellers went for a fun day at Rufus Green Parks and had a surprise concert with Adina! On February 3rd, spellers had the honour to be addressed by the US Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Robert Jackson, at Christ The King Hall. In his speech, he encouraged them to do their best during the competition which was to come off the next day. On February 4, 2017, the much awaited 10th national finals was held at the Accra International Conference centre with in attendance many dignitaries including the minister of education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, H.E. Ambassador Jackson as well as parents, schools representatives, sponsors and partners. After 7 intense rounds, Miss Lily Tugbah of Solidarity International School in Ashaiman, emerged the 10th winner of The Spelling Bee. She received her trophy from Amb. Jackson and Mr. Mahesh Shah, Managing Director of Indomie Instant Noodles, the title sponsor. Her runners-up were Miss Gabriella Ellis of DPS International Ghana and Miss Ewoenam Afetsi, of SOS Hermann Gmeigner, both schools in Tema. As 10th champion of The Spelling Bee, Lily receives:
- an all-expense paid trip to the USA to represent Ghana at the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee
- 10,000 cedis scholarship from Indomie
- 10,000 cedis Ecobank Junior Saver account
- A trophy
- A Merriam Webster dictionary
- Blue Knights bookshop vouchers
Congratulation on your win Lily!
Thanksgiving Service: 5th February 2017
YEF held a thanksgiving and awards ceremony where longstanding sponsors and individuals were awarded. The top 10 spellers and their families were also present at the event and were presented with their certificates as well as some sponsors’ products.
Who will replace Lily Tugbah? Are you ready to become The Spelling Bee 2018 champion? Then call 0249106220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll!