Liberia: Spelling Bee Takes Center Stage - L$150,000 At Stick for Winners

The preliminary fixtures of the 2013 edition of the National Spelling Bee Competition started over the weekend at the Monrovia YMCA gymnasium on Crown Hill Broad Street with several school going kids exemplifying their educational talents.

The contest is being organized by the Wouson Foundation International which brought together about 75 students computing in this year's competition.

This competition enable kids pronounce and spell words correctly and will help to them to eliminate phobia when they appears at public gathering.

This spelling race is aim at preparing Liberian adolescents academically for the larger society and to make them marketable and adequately trained to overcome many future challenges.

At the opening ceremony on Friday, the Chief Executive Officer of Wouson Foundation International Wuoson Nehwah expressed gratitude especially for the manner in which Liberians have shown interest in the competition by turning out in mass to cheer the kids.

"The kids made me want to do more, it is quite interesting and it for real and I am proud of the children and pleased with the parents", he added.

Mr. Nehwah noted that his vision is to see the youth to get the mind set for the future challenges which he stated will be a greater help for the upcoming generations.

He disclosed that for now the competition is sponsored by the foundation with an operational budget of US $3,000.00 and will be increased in subsequent time.

The CEO noted that prizes to be given include cash, laptops, touch screen, iPod etc.

According to him, the competition will be taken to the other counties in the soonest possible time as to allow other Liberian kids to showcase their worth.

Meanwhile, the organizers have revealed that L $150,000.00 will be expended on awards.

At the kickoff on Friday 30 students qualified for the next stage with 15 from each category. There are two categories which include one (2nd, 3rd and 4th) and two (5 and 6).

This year edition is the third of its kind in the country, with the first being held in 2011 and second in 2012 with over 200 school children from elementary division been the beneficiaries.

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