Spelling Bee Competitions always bring lots of fun, excitement and nail-biting experiences no matter the pedigree of the competition and contestants. It was a mixed feeling of all the emotions that come with such competitions when Abayi Catherine, a JHS1 pupil at the Evangelical Presbyterian School in Mempeasem East Legon was crowned the 2019 EPCG Education Week Spelling Bee Champion by the school in Accra. Education Week is an annual event organized by the E.P. Education Unit and celebrated by all E.P. Schools at all
The spellers for the E.P. School Mempeasem Spelling Bee competition were drawn from the four sections in the school namely Peter Hall, Rudolf Mallet, Paul Wilgrabe and Lorenz Wolf of the school. The competition started at a slow pace. Each section was fairly represented with spellers from both the upper primary and JHS department of the school. The battle lines were drawn and the pupils proved they were well prepared for the challenge however, on a few
The competition became keener after the first set of spellers were eliminated at the end of the first round of four words each drawn from some of the very difficult and confusing words one can find. The second round saw six spellers exiting to pave way for the big challenge between Asigbetse Yawa Fortune Alice Adutwumuaa and Abayi Catherine. With the defending champion of the last edition Fortune Asigbetse, present fans of the other spellers knew they were in for a real battle for
However, the well prepared, and composed Abayi Catherine was too good to be toppled from the top in the final round.
The Final Lap leading to Spelling Bee Champion Declaration
In the end, the pressure got to Alice while Asigbetse the defending champion was nowhere near retaining her title. Abayi Catherine did not only drive home her first ever victory in the spelling completion but also helped her section win the bragging rights as the winners of the 2019 education week spelling be competition.
The E.P. Church Mempeasem Auditorium went nuts as the pupils jumped and screamed in uncontrollable ecstasy when Abayi Catherine delivered the winning world “Mischievous” and “ecstasy” with ease and perfection. At this point, the jubilation by the entire school was an acknowledgement of their acceptance of the verdict by the spelling be instructor Sir Isaac Anyigba.
At the end of the competitive competition, E.P. School Mempeasem crowned the
Abayi Catherine, winner of the competition, Alice placed second having missed a glorious opportunity to spell the word “Luxury” apparently, she was tensed up and it took the better part of her concentration.
The three girls, in the end, managed to topple all the boys out in round two and proved that the girl child has arrived to prove a point. The organizers intend to further improve on the program to be a monthly competition to further help pupils take part in such healthy academic focused competitions to sharpen their spelling ability and build on their vocabulary.
Thanks Giving Service
At the Thanks Giving Service to mark the end of the weeklong celebration which took place nationwide, Rev. Jean-Paul Agidi the local manager of the school recounted the fierce competition that ensued during the event on Friday 15th February 2019 and encouraged parents and congregants to get their children enrolled in the school so that their wards would receive both academic and moral training.
He called on the church to play her role as a stakeholder in completing the school building. He further called on philanthropists and NGOs home on board to help the school roof its school building.
General Exhibition of Artifacts
Pupils of the school also mounted a general exhibition of varied artifacts ranging from a set of musical instruments, coal pots and cars developed by JHS2 and 3 pupils and, Hand designed sandals, fashionable dresses and very attractive flowers made from cards by pupils in lower primary with the aid of their teachers.
Poetry recitals and choreography dance were
not left out as pupils from the lower primary danced to draw thunderous applause from congregants some of who joined in the dance from their seats.