A Grade 6 pupil of the Aladumo International School, Michelle Michael-Orwu has been emerged as the 2020 Winner of the prestigious Rotary Club of Trans-Amadi Spelling Bee competition.
The Grade 6 pupil won the competition after numerous stages that saw about 975 pupils from 325 primary schools across Rivers State participated in the competition.
With Michelle Michael-Orwu emerging the winner of the competition for fifth continual years, Aladumo International School broke the record by making history with her success.
All other three pupils who also participated with Michelle Michael-Orwu from Aladumo International School qualified for the Grand Finale. But Michelle Dakare dropped at the 17th round taking the 6th position while and Ojiezele Anegbode dropped at the 19th round to become the 4th position.
Michelle Michael-Orwu while being determined and focused throughout the competition put up a strong energetic fight and continued the competition bravely to the 23rd round, spelling the word of her challenger ICHTHYOPHAGIST and her winning word, INTERREGNUM to be crowned the Queen Bee, 2020.
The Director and Head of Schools, Lolia Ogan commended Michelle for her willpower to win and make the school proud. In her words “For you to win a spelling bee contest, you not only have to learn to spell at least 5,000 strange words correctly, you also must know their meanings, be able to identify and decode their homophones when used in sentences. Additionally, you must have really good understanding skills and be able to remain calm under huge pressure. Most importantly, you must respect the Almighty who gifts you with the courage required to study as you ought in order that He alone can crown your effort with great success”.
Ogan added that Aladumo International School will keep on preparing her pupils for competitions like this and make sure they stand out among their peers.
Reacting to the victory, Michelle said Aladumo International School is a great school with a great faculty for brave and keen learners. And that they have won the contest 5 years in a row since 2016, and also broken their own record. “The parents have been very supportive. God is our strength.”
Aladumo International School celebrates 33 years of Impactful learning, founded by the veteran teacher and one-time Inspector of Education and Commissioner in Rivers State, Rev. Dr. Favour Ngor Ogan.
The Spelling Bee competition was initiated by the Rotary Club of Trans Amadi when the current Rotary District Governor, Dr. Nze Anizor was President of the Rotary Club, Trans-Amadi.