Naa Koshie Manyo-Plange, Ghana’s representative in the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, has been kicked out of the competition and did not qualify for the Quarter-Finals.
The word that got her out was bêtise, a word of French origin, meaning: an act of foolishness or stupidity. She misspelt it as ‘baitese’.
The 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee has advanced to the Quarter Finals stage, with only 74 Spellers qualifying out of 207 who began.
This year’s virtual Scripps Spelling Bee competition had a new format. For the Preliminaries, each Speller got to participate in up to 3 rounds consecutively during their participation. If a Speller spelt correctly in Round One, they competed immediately in Round Two (Vocabulary Round). If a Speller answered correctly in Round Two, they went on to compete immediately in Round Three.
Naa was out of the competition upon missing her word, just like the other Spellers who had misspelt before and after her. Asked how she felt about her performance, Naa said, “I gave it my best and wish that could have taken me through.”
Her mother, Prof. Sena Dei-Tutu, who was with her during the virtual competition, also said, ” Even though she didn’t make it through, I must say this has been a very positive and confidence-building period for her. So, for that alone, I will say we won – and that is no cliché!”
Eugenia Tachie-Menson, Country Director of Young Educators Foundation – organisers of The Spelling Bee, said, ” Naa Koshie has indeed given off her best, especially in these unusual times. More so, when she had school exams to prepare for, coupling that with our rigorous Bee schedule is no mean feat. We remain proud of Naa, and we hope her 3-year journey in the Bee will impact her significantly throughout her life.”
Naa Koshie Manyo-Plange won The Spelling Bee 2021 in February this year by spelling AMAXOPHOBIA correctly. Other words she had previously spelt correctly included wildebeest, soligenous, dermatology and philosophise.
The Spelling Bee – GH is sponsored by Indomie, DStv, US Embassy-Accra, Goil, Ashesi University, Kenya Airways, Rufus Green Parks and Frankie’s.
About Young Educators Foundation (YEF):
Young Educators Foundation (YEF), the organisers of The Spelling Bee Ghana, is a local NGO whose vision is to improve our youth’s lives through literacy and champion the cause of education. We strongly believe education cannot be limited to only what is taught in the classroom and that co-curricular activities have an essential role in the total education of our children.
About The Spelling Bee – Ghana:
The Spelling Bee Ghana (TSBGH) is a literacy programme that teaches primary children between ages 8 and 13 how to improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn and understand word concepts, and develop English usage.
The first edition of TSB was in 2008 with only six schools, where Maria Isabel Kubabom of SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Tema, won and represented Ghana in the USA.
Maria’s appearance at the 80th Scripps Spelling Bee made history, the first representation of an African at the internationally renowned contest. Ghana has since then been the only African country to participate at the international level.
The Spelling Bee is affiliated with the Scripps National Spelling Bee, USA.
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