N’Adom Darko-Asare, a student of DPS International School, Tema emerged as the winner of the National Spelling Bee 2022 competition.
This was after she correctly spelled the word “BATHYPELAGIC” during the championship round to become the champion.
BATHYPELAGIC, a Greek word, relating to a depth – (also known as the midnight zone) or that part of the open ocean which extends from a depth of 1,000 to 4,000 meters (about half the height of Mount Everest) below the surface of the ocean.
Miss Darko-Asare, as part of her award, would travel to Washington DC, USA to represent Ghana at the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
She would also have $500 spending money, an engraved trophy, a fully installed DStv Explora decoder with a six-month subscription, Indomie products, a gold medal and 300 GH¢ Goil fuel vouchers.
Nii Odartey Elorm Manyo-Plange, a 10-year-old pupil from Roman Ridge School, was the first runner-up, with Aarna Bhaveshkumar Tailor, 11, from DPS International Ghana, Tema, being the second runner-up.
The 2022 Spelling Bee Grand Finals began with a total of 115 entrants from round one, with scores falling in subsequent rounds until round 12 which saw all three finalists fight their way through.
Nii Odartey and Aarna both missed their final words but were luckily named runners-up based on the points accumulated from their performances.
Miss Aarna Bhaveshkumar Tailor, also won a trip to Nairobi, sponsored by Kenya Airways, $150 spending money, a fully installed DStv HD Zapper decoder with three month compact viewing, Indomie products, a bronze medal and 150 GH¢ Goil fuel vouchers.
All other spellers received a certificate of recognition, Indomie products, personalized T-shirts, commemorative medals, a personalized bag and novels donated by the PAS-US Embassy, while the three schools of the first three winners received each received a certificate of recognition, GH 1,000 fuel vouchers sponsored by GOIL.
Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady, who graced the occasion, congratulated the children, especially the girls, for their resilience to come through to the final.
She expressed her joy that Ghana was the first African country to achieve the American Scripps spelling Bee in the past 14 years, saying it was up to Ghana to produce the first African winner at international level.
She urged parents to continue to help their children imbibe reading and spelling skills to improve their general academic work at school.
Mrs. Stephanie Sullivan, the United States Ambassador to Ghana, speaking at the event, congratulated the organizers and all the children for their participation in the contest, adding that they had shown resilience and commitment. .
The Ambassador said more than 8,000 children had benefited from the spelling bee and urged competitors in this year’s activity to be proud of themselves and keep going until they reach their goal. potential.
The Spelling Bee – Gh is a literacy program for primary school children in Ghana. It teaches them to use the English language effectively.
For the past 14 years, the Scripps Spelling Bee franchise program has operated in Ghana.
It has reached over 30,000 students across the country.