PAST WINNERS OF THE SPELLING BEE AND THEIR WINNING WORDS AND SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FEW OF THEM

Year Winning Word Origin Winner
2008 Denigratory Latin Maria Isabel Kubabom
2009 Bombilation New Latin Nana Adjoa Baiden-Amissah
2010 Roulade French Darren Sackey
2011 Velocipede French Jessica Penu
2012 Mariculture Latin Philemon Apiente Awan
2013 Jicama Mexican Spanish Rohit Sahjiwani
2014 Olestra Polyester Rushi Jeswani
2015 Xiphias New Latin Vishal Thakwani
2016 Zanni Italian Afua Ansah
2017 baculiform Lily Tugah
2018 Wamara (tree (Swartzia tomentosa) of British Guiana) Shifa Amankwa-Gabbey

NOTE:

  • For 3 consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015) all the winners came from DPS International Ghana
  • Maria Isabel Kubabom was the 1st ever African to represent the continent at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Philemon Apiente Awan was the 1st winner from the Volta region.
  • Afua Ansah at 14 years old, became the 1st ever African to become a finalist at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Before that, Afua had won the national championship in Ghana on her 3rd try.