The 2016 National Spelling Bee Competition has ended in Monrovia with a student from Nimba County emerging as winner, out of 15 contestants that made it to the grand final over the weekend.
11-year-old 6th Grader Joetay Boyah of the Arcelor Mittal Area “C” School was declared the 2016 National Spelling Bee Champion followed by 8th Grader Jackson N. Waylee of Grand Gedeh County, second winner, while 14-year-old 8th Grader Abraham Tarpleh of the Brigrade Public School from Margibi County emerged as third winner.
Little Joetay Boyah was awarded US$1000 as grand prize, followed by second winner US$800; and third winner, US$500, respectively. In a statement, the Minister of Education George K. Werner said he was very proud of the students for reaching to the final of the National Spelling Bee Competition. He said it took the students intelligence, concentration and preparation to reach the final.
Minister Werner said Liberia would reach its potential only if young people are willing to strive for excellence. The objective of the annual competition is to promote the culture of reading in schools. It is being organized under the auspices of the Ministry of education and partners.
The ministry in collaboration with partners has been engaging Liberian students over the years through the Spelling Bee Competition to promote reading and expansion of knowledge of students in using vocabulary, among other academic excellence.
Meanwhile, seven counties were successfully qualified for the grand final with Grand Gedeh and Margibi counties topping the list with all three representatives from each of these counties qualifying for the final. Counties that qualified for the grand final include Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Sinoe, Nimba, Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties, respectively.
By Bridgett Milton-Editing by Jonathan Browne