A Junior High School (JHS) pupil in the Northern Region has received an award in recognition of her sterling performances in this year’s Spelling Bee Competition held between January to February.
Ms Bernice Tia Samata, who is a JHS ‘2’ pupil of Alhassan Gbanzaba Memorial School (AGMS) in the Sagnarigu Municipality, placed sixth in the competition.
Young Educators Foundation, organizers of the Spelling Bee Competition, presented GHC 1,000.00, a full Digital Satellite Television (DStv) Premium package as well as a citation to Ms Tia Samata at her school (AGMS) at Sagnarigu, near Tamale.
The citation read “Your outstanding performance at the 12th National finals of the Spelling Bee caught our eyes for two main reasons: You were the first girl who came after the top performing five boys in the competition, and placed sixth out of an initial 4,000 who participated”.
It said “You also represented a region, ‘Northern Region’ which is usually described as marginalized, but your feat has shown that when all children are given equal access to quality education, nothing is impossible”.
It said “You have gone down in history of the ‘Spelling Bee’ as the first girl from the Northern Region to be among the 10 final spellers. You will be an inspiration to your colleagues to inspire to the same heights or farther than you have achieved.”
Mrs Eugenia Tachie-Menson, Country Director of Young Educators Foundation, said the AGMS recorded a remarkable performance throughout the competition considering that it was its first time it partook in the competition.
She said only five schools from the region participated in the 2019 edition of the competition adding that there is the need for public schools to join the competition.
Mrs Jane Alhassan, Proprietor of AGMS, said the school ran a spelling and reading programme, which started from nursery four and formed part of its curriculum to help develop and improve the spelling and reading abilities of pupils.
Ms Tia Samata said she would build on the experiences garnered during the competition to improve her spelling and learning abilities to prepare her for future competitions.