Nana Adjoa Baiden-Amissah of Crown Prince Academy, the overall winner of the National Scripps Spelling Bee Competition, will represent Ghana at the international event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC, USA on May 27, 2009.
She will compete against 293 other finalists from all over the world for the enviable prize package of $30,000, $7,500 in scholarship and $3,600 worth of library books.
At a farewell dinner organized by Essence Communications, organizers of the Scripps Spelling Bee Competition, Nana Adjoa assured Ghanaians that she would put up her best at the ultimate prize.
She said even though most of the words she spelt during the national competition were unfamiliar, she tried to spell each one of them to the best of her ability.
When asked the magic behind her success, especially when she had no access to the internet where most of the words could be found, she said she listened attentively to how each word was pronounced before attempting to spell it.
In a brief interview with the Junior Graphic, she expressed joy at the opportunity to join other finalists in the US for the competition and advised all children to study hard and also register for the next edition of the competition.
The Country Manager of Scripps Spelling Bee, Ms Eugenia Appiah, presented certificate of appreciation to the sponsors and co-sponsors of the competition, including the Junior Graphic.
Nana Adjoa was adjudged the winner of the second edition of the Scripps Spelling Bee Ghana which took place on March 14, 2009.
For her prize, she received an all-expense paid trip to USA to represent Ghana in the international competition, among other things.
Source: Junior Graphic/ CPA