By Amaka Okonta
Nine pupils from 100 schools that participated in the 2019 edition of the Anambra State Spelling Bee Championship have smiled home with various prizes, ranging from laptops, school bags, medals, mathematical sets, dictionaries and trophies for their brilliant performances during the two-day competition.
Master Chiagozie Onuoha of Benbee Unique School, Awka; Uche Oluebube of Denny Creative International School, Agulu, and Chibunna Ezenwenwe of Divine Rays British School, Obosi; emerged first, second and third respectively in the junior category, while Chinemelum Ileagu of Divine Rays British School, Obosi; Chinwuba Chikamso of Divine Rays British School, Obosi and Tonnie Okoye Blossom of Ridge Valley Academy, Awka, emerged the best three competitors in the middle-aged (8-11 years) category. Winners in the senior (12-15years) category are Uche Mmesoma of Lerotto Special Science School, Adazi-Nnukwu; Miss Ngene Favour of Winners International Secondary School, Nkpor, and Udigwe Stephanie of St. Kizito Girl Secondary school, Umudioka.
The second edition of the Anambra Spelling Bee Championship, which took place between July 6-7, 2019, was organised by the Integral Development Konsult in conjunction with the state ministry of Basic Education for Private and Public Schools across the state.
The Chief Executive Officer of IDK -learning center and facilitator of the competition, Mrs Chinwe Nweke, explained that the competition was designed to instill confidence in pupils, give them good background and better communication skills for higher scholastic achievement.
According to her, the goal of the spelling championship is “to provide conducive environment for healthy competition that will encourage young people to expand their vocabulary, communication skills and self-confidence.”
The Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, who declared the competition open, described it as an important exercise to the state government, as it will essentially contribute to the development of students’ self-esteem in their academic achievements. Omenugha, charged the participants drawn from private and public schools in the state to utilise the opportunity in building solid foundation for their future.
Mr. Gabriel Odije, Public Relations Officer of one of the participating schools, described the spelling competition as a welcome development that would go a long way in promoting scholarship.
“It’s helps to encourage the children to learn new words, pronounce them properly and be able to use them in sentences”, he said.
Nduka Chimezie, a staff of IDK- learning center, told Orient Daily that the IDK-Anambra State Spelling Bee championship was designed to discover and nurture brilliant students that can represent the state in International competitions.