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2015 National Spelling Bee winner represents Nigeria in America

By Dayo Adesulu

Deafening cheers and applause  enveloped the NECA hall, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on Friday, May 8 as Ohuabunwa Onyinyechi of  Cherry Field College, Jikwoyi, Abuja was declared the winner of the 2015 National Spelling Bee Competition,  defeating 44 other finalists to clinch the star prize of a Virgin Atlantic  return ticket  to the 88th Scripps  Spelling Bee Competition, USA, as well as a N200,000 cash gift from  Beta Malt along with other goodies from   Beta Malt and Indomie Noodles.

Spelling Bee 2015 Winner, Ohuabunwa Onyinyechi,
Spelling Bee 2015 Winner, Ohuabunwa Onyinyechi,

13 year old Ohuabunwa  Onyinyechi  dazed at her emergence, confesed “Honestly, I never  thought I would win. I am in shock.  I thank God, my parents, my school, my teachers and the organizers. I am  most grateful. Still can’t believe I won.” Ebojin Iyioluwa of Ladela Schools, Wuse 2, Abuja  and Igboka Anita of Gudmerc High School, Abuja who won the first  and second runners-up respectively, were equally  excited that they could go that far as they got bountiful  reward for their effort.

2015 National Spelling Bee Competition organized by the Young Educators Foundation franchise  owners  of  Scripp National Spelling Bee Competition, USA, is indeed an asset not just to the  students in Nigeria but to the teachers of participating  schools, as they were privileged to get trained particularly in diction, pronunciation, tenses as well as origin of words.

The Trainers are revered scholars and certified experts in this field with several  years of experience from Ghana. The value added to the teachers via the intensive training is an advantage to the spellers, as their  teachers are expected to  have taken them through  the rudiments which will  naturally boost their  confidence for the  competition. It was indeed a great challenge getting the 15 finalists from each of the participating States namely; Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Lagos and Oyo. After the preliminaries, the best from the participating schools was presented for the states finals from where the 45 finalists emerged for the grand finale.

The  competition  aimed at selecting  the best from  the  best was tension  soaked, confidence was  broken, panic, fear and stage fright enveloped the venues It was a pot pourrie of disappointment  and elation characterized by tears of  joy and sadness as   many lost out in the early rounds whilst others got rewarded.

Mrs. Eugenia Tachie-Menson, Country Director yef said “I am impressed by the  capacity and conduct  of Spellers . More  importantly I am glad that the process  was transparent and the winner is indeed  deserving of the victory she earned. My sincere appreciation goes to  the parents, proprietors  and teachers for their co-operation. This whole event  would  not have been  possible  without  the support  of our sponsors Beta Malt, Indomie  Noodles, Virgin Atlantic, Etisalat. We  can’t thank them enough.




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