N’Adom Darko-Asare, Mychelle Kumah and Janice Afiba Nketsiah after placing first, second and third positions respectively in 2023 The Spelling Bee competition are set to represent Ghana at the 95th Scripps Spelling Bee.
11-year-old Darko-Asare, the winner of the 2022 and 2023 editions of the Bee spelling contest from the DPS International Ghana, spelt her word correctly in the 17th round to claim The Spelling Bee 2023 title.
N’Adom’s winning word was “DOUROUCOULI.” Also known as a night monkey, lemurine or owl monkey, douroucouli is the world’s only truly nocturnal monkey. It can only be found in the tropical and subtropical forests of South America.
For her prize as the champion, Darko-Asare was given, $500 spending money, an engraved trophy, a fully installed DStv Explora decoder with a 6-month subscription, Indomie products, a gold medal, and GH¢300 Goil fuel vouchers.
12-year-old Mychelle Kumah of Soul Clinic School, Accra emerged as first runner-up. She won a fully installed DStv HD Zapper decoder with 3 months of compact viewing, Indomie products, a silver medal and GH¢150 Goil fuel vouchers.
Janice Afiba Nketsiah, 12, from St. Francis of Assisi Schools was the second runner-up. Janice also won $150 spending money, a fully installed DStv HD Zapper decoder with 3 months of compact viewing, Indomie products, a bronze medal and GH¢150 Goil fuel vouchers.
The Spelling Bee-GH is a literacy programme targeted at primary school children in Ghana with pupils aged from 7-13. Aside from enriching their spelling skills, it also teaches them how to use the English language effectively.
Over the past fourteen years, the Scripps Spelling Bee-franchised program has been running in Ghana. The Spelling Bee has impacted over 30,000 students throughout the then 10 regional capitals of the country.
The Spelling Bee-GH operates an inclusive policy where students with special needs are supported to participate in the programme. Young Educators Foundation, a Ghanaian NGO holds the Ghana franchise.
Scripps National Spelling Bee
This year, the 95th edition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee according to organizers of the competition will be held from Tuesday, May 30, 2023, to Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Maryland, USA.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee (formerly the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee and commonly called the National Spelling Bee) is an annual Spelling Bee held in the United States of America (USA).
The Scripps Spelling Bee is run on a not-for-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company and is held at a hotel or convention centre in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area during the week following Memorial Day weekend.