Three students have won the 5th Annual National Championship of the Liberia National Spelling Bee with grand cash prizes at the Monrovia City Hall. The first place winner Melvin O.B. Coleman of the Children Development Academy (CDA) in received a cash prize US$1,500 followed by the second place winner Kebbeh Copper of the SOS School System US$1,000 and the third place winner DarkamouYarpawolo of Fire Stone Division 10 Junior High School in Marshall, US$500.00, respectively.
The trophy winner student Melvin and first place winnerKebbehcame from schools within Montserrado County,while Darkamou who won the second place hails from Fire Stone. The spelling bee exercise is being undertaken by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with USAID, LoneStar Cell MTN and other partners.
The exercise was graced by Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh and Liberia National Spelling Bee (LNSB) Chairman Roseline Sherman as well as students and supporting business institutions in the country. The exercise is intended to promote the culture of reading among students in the country.
The participants were publically quizzed by the moderator to spell challenging words. The competition climaxed with three teenagers emerging as winners. They were awarded medals and golden cups in addition to cash prizes in envelops.
At the close of the competition, reading books were distributed among both participating students and the winners to enhance their spelling and reading skills. The students were urged to take their lessons serious, because reading brings a lot of benefit for the future.