173 spellers across the country on Saturday, July 31, 2021, will compete in the semi-finals of the spelling program for the 2022 edition of the National Spelling Bee competition, organizers of Spelling Bee announced on Friday.
Eugenia Tachie-Menson Founder/Country Director of Young Educators Foundation, Organisers of the Spelling Bee – GH disclosed this in an interview with the Accra-based Citi TV monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh.
According to her, more than 500 took part in the preliminaries but only 173 participants were shortlisted to compete in the semi-finals on Saturday. About 50 of that number are not based in Accra,” she told the English TV station.
“This year, we’ve created what we call, the Black Drones. A black drone is someone who makes 85% or above in any of our online tests. What that tells you is that that child is on to something. There are spellers who’ve come before, so those are the spellers you want to look out for and groom. Half of our spellers are returning spellers,” Eugenia added.
Black Drones, the Bee organisers in the interview noted is a new title introduced to spotlight the highest performing Spellers during the National Finals. It includes spellers who have competed for more than once in the Spelling Bee.
Tachie-Menson further said some spellers who will be joining tomorrow’s contest amid the outbreak of the locally transmitted coronavirus will have the opportunity to participate in the event from the comfort of their home.
The Spelling Bee is sponsored by Indomie Instant Noodles, US Embassy -Accra, DStv, Kenya Airways, Goil, Frankie’s restaurant, Rufus Green Parks, Ashesi University, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation, Citi 97.3 FM, and Citi TV.