A none-governmental organization, the Mineke Foundation, held its first annual Kid’s Club spelling bee competition over the weekend. The exercise produced three winners who received cash awards of US$255.
Elton J.Vah won the kid’s Club when he correctly spelt all the words that were assigned to him and walked away with a cash prize of US$100.
Elton kept a serious expression throughout the competition until he finally brokered a smile when the judges announced that he had won the contest.
Payne N. Gibson emerged as the runner up to Elton, for only two misspelled words in the final round, while Lovetta C. Jefferson the only female contender that reached the final took the third place.
Payne received a cash award of US$75, while Lovetta walked away with US$50. Eight other participants including the three finalists each received a gift of school materials.
The Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Development (ECD) at the Ministry of Education, Yukhiko Amnon, frowned on the poor attendance of parents at the competition. She said the spelling bee competition was a good initiative to keep their kids busy, especially during the school break.
Min. Amnon commended the Mineke Foundation for its “good work,” and promised the ECD’s full support of its endeavors while urging community leaders to follow the good example to motivate students by introducing various competitive academic exercises.
“We are open to help build the spirit of ECD in communities, but we need commitment from community leaders,” she said.
For her part, the Coordinator of Mineke Foundation, Bukola Ayoola, observed that if a man spells a word, it is of no interest, but when a child spells great words, that becomes of great interest.