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Ghana knocked out of US Spelling Bee

National Spelling Bee Blog
Ms. Afua Ansah
Ms. Afua Ansah

Spellers from Ghana have been competing in the bee for nine years, but no one has ever come as far as speller 49, Afua Ansah.

According to the National Spelling Bee Blog, Afua misspelled "Liechtenstein" and is out. But before the finals began, she and her sponsor said they were thrilled to have gotten this far. She had a cheering section in the audience.

"I'm confident," she said. "I'm going to try my best. Hopefully, my best should be good enough." Still, she said, there was a "really heavy weight on my shoulders." "I hope I take the crown," she said.

Wednesday,  May 25, 2016 the first day of the competition, was Africa Union Day said her sponsor, Eugenia Tachie-Menson. That meant a day off work, and a lot of people at home were watching the bee.

"She made it history," her sponsor said. "Lots of people are wishing her well." The whole experience, she said, "truly is rewarding."
"She's brought so many honors, not just for her country, but for the continent," Tachie-Menson said.

The spelling bee purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

The local spelling bee sponsors conduct community spelling bee programs, usually in cooperation with school officials for public, private, parochial, charter, virtual and home schools.

The champion of each local spelling bee sponsor's program qualifies for participation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C. Each year it grants a limited number of local spelling bee sponsorships.

The local spelling bee is sponsored by newspapers, colleges, universities and other high-profile community businesses and organizations.


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