As the Spell Master Media group continues to sharpen the minds of primary and secondary school students through an English word spelling bee competition, there was a massive record turnout on Sunday 29th November, 2015 at Lilongwe Girls Secondary School.
About134 students from different schools in Lilongwe and beyond converged and took courage to spell difficult English words in front of the jam packed Lilongwe Girls Secondary School Hall.
The spelling bee project is slowly becoming a darling to most students as well as parents of different back grounds in Malawi and is attracting a huge following everywhere the spelling bee is being conducted.
But the last show held at Lilongwe Girls Secondary School recorded the biggest turn out ever, with every little space of Lilongwe Girls Secondary School hall filled to capacity.
In the senior category, 15 students out of 40 have made it to the regional spelling bee final.
During the Sunday show down, Tamanda Kamunga representing Lilongwe Girls, Omega Mzama from Likuni Girls and Harris Mwandamenge from Bwaila Secondary put up a five star perfomance as they got all the words correct in all the rounds.
In the Juniors category out of 94 spellers 38 have made it to the regional bee final and 11 got all their words in the three rounds correct.
The list include Joyce Mtaula and Kyle Msadala from Haven Primary School, Hendrine Khonyo, Joshua Kamsika from SOS primary, Wabwino Chilombo, Ryan Namankhwa from Mphanje Primary School as well as Yebo Chirwa from Walani Primary school.
Other primary schools that have made it through to the regional bee are; Phandula LEA, Lilongwe Chritian, Kapita CCAP, Wisdom Centre, Lilongwe Demonstration and Mvama.
Tamanda Kamunga of Lilongwe Girls was the hero of the day spelling the words with ease and getting them all correct.
She revealed that registering for the spelling bee for the second time has taught her that being confident, composed and having lots of concentration when on the microphone are vital.
“I do breathe in and slowly out before I start spelling my word, sometimes I buy time to calm my nerves by asking the Chief Pronouncer a few questions as the bee rules allow, about the word I have been given even though I know how to spell it. Sometimes you fail to spell the word correctly due to nervousness as standing on the stage infront of a huge audience and TV cameras while knowing that one day the whole Malawi is going to watch me on Zodiak Televion is not easy for us spellers” Kamunga said.
Apart from Lilongwe Girls going to the regional bee other secondary schools that have qualified are Likuni girls, Bwaila, Darlo Girls, Lilongwe International Academy, Atsikana Pa Ulendo Girls and Athens.
Spell Master Media Founder and Chief Executive Officer Lewis Mbaula said he is happy with the progress of the competition and that the objecyives are being mate.
“At the heart of the spelling bee is the desire to enhance the reading culture, build self confidence, build vocabulary, and improve public speaking and giving educational exposure to school going children” said Mbaula.
The spelling bee is being organized with technical support from the Department of Inspectorate and Advisory Services and the Ministry of Education Science and Technology.
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