Shifa is Ashanti Region’s first National Spelling Bee champion

Twelve-year-old Shifa Amankwah-Gabbey made Ashanti Regional proud last Saturday after she emerged winner of the 2018 National Spelling Bee competition.

The first-time contestant told that she was only trying her luck but as she kept progressing in the competition, it boosted her confidence of winning.

“It was an awesome experience when I was called among the last seven spellers,” the Nagie’s Angels Educational Centre student recounted.

The competition which started with close to 200 spellers across the 10 regions of the country went through various stages ending with three finalists.

Some words like chanteuse, androgynous, biloculine,calpatio, Gloucester, pyroclastic and allium were the make or break for some of the contestants.

There was Raj Thakwani and Akshaya Janikiraman, both from DPS International located at Tema, who gave Shifa a stiff competition.


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