On Saturday, June 16, 2018, students who are a part of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., ASCEND program hosted a stellar Spelling Bee competition for Sixth-graders at Slipway Elementary School.
ASCEND is one of the signature programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an internationally acclaimed service organization of college women, which has an extremely active chapter (Eta Beta Omega) in Liberia. The Spelling Bee event at Slipway Elementary was both well-executed and well-appreciated.
ASCEND is an acronym for A-Achievement, S-Self-Awareness, C-Communication, E-Engagement, N-Networking and D-Developmental Skills. It is a youth educational enrichment and skills development program for high school students who have been selected based on demonstrated leadership.
ASCEND aims to promote positive self-esteem and confidence, provide study and test preparation skills as well as opportunities for cultural awareness, community engagement and global citizenship skills.
Each year, after a range of activities and workshops crafted especially to enrich the ASCEND students, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., guide the students through a community service project which must be designed and executed by the students themselves.
This year, the dynamic group of high school students organized a Spelling Bee at Slipway Elementary School. The Vice Principal, Mr. Leroy Bogar, wholeheartedly welcomed the ASCEND students and members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., to the campus of Slipway Elementary on behalf of the administration and student body.
At the conclusion of the program, ASCEND student Abraham Bah stated to the Spelling Bee participants, “You are all winners! We appreciate you; and, we want to encourage you to pursue your education and dream big!” Each participant received a certificate and a pack of notebooks.
The first, second, and third prize winners each received cash prizes in addition to certificates and notebooks. Everyone, including young community spectators, enjoyed refreshments offered by the ASCEND students.
Chiquita Johnson, speaking for all of the women of AKA, Inc., Eta Beta Omega Chapter, said, “This is among the best events our ASCEND students have hosted since our organization started this program in Liberia over three years ago.”