Thirteen year old Nana Adwoa Baiden-Amissah of the Crown Prince Academy in the Greater Accra Region emerged the over all winner for the 2009 Scripps Spelling Bee competition.
The contest was held at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) last Saturday.
For her prize, Nana Adwoa received an all expensive paid trip to the USA to represent Ghana at the International Scripps Spelling Bee, $500.00 spending money, a certificate of participation, GH¢2,000 educational fund, GH¢1,000 for her school library among others.
The first runner-up, Maurice Gorleku of Good Shepherd R/C JHS received a certificate of participation, GH¢1,500 educational fund GH¢1,000 for his school library, products from Cowbell and Indomie and books from Kingdom Stationery.
The second runner-up Vanessa Taylor similarly received a certificate of participation, GH¢1,000 educational fund, GH¢1,000 for her school library and books from Kingdom Stationery as well as product from Indomie and Cowbell.
The final event saw 52 pupils from various schools across the country contending in a grueling seven round spelling competition. After several hours of spelling words, most of them fell out, which paved the way for the few like Nana Adowa and Maurice to battle for the ultimate prize.
During the competition, spellers were given the chance to ask pronouncers the origin of words, their figure of speech, meaning of words and their usage in sentences among others.
When Junior Graphic engaged Nana Adwoa in a short interview, tears rolled down her cheeks as she confessed, “most of the words are those that I’ve never heard before and majority of the spellers are better than I am so I’m surprised that I won”
She said it was after she registered that she started rehearsing for the competition. She was grateful to her parents Mr. and Mrs. Baiden-Amissah, her teachers and her younger sister, especially who encouraged her throughout the event.
The first runner-up, Maurice said that he was content with his position and thanked his parents who stood by him through thick and thin.
Miss Maria Kubabom of SOS Herman Gmeiner School emerged the winner of the maiden edition of the Scripps Spelling Bee and represented Ghana in Washington DC, USA last year.
Ghana is the only African country participating in the International Scripps Spelling Bee Competition.
She was also interviewed on super morning show program 'JOYFM 99.7Mhz' an Accra base radio station.
Source: Junior Graphic & CPA