On March 11, 2019, the U.S. Embassy welcomed Spelling Bee 2019 champion Master Kwabena Adu Darko-Asare, who was accompanied by Young Educators Foundation (YEF) Country Director, Mrs. Eugenia Tachie-Menson; YEF Programs Coordinator Ms. Salomé Dzakpasu; Spelling Bee Deputy National Coach, Mr. Emmanuel Afful; and Kwabena’s father, Mr. Francis Darko-Asare. They were welcomed by Counselor for Public Affairs Roberto Quiroz II, Regional Public Engagement Specialist (REPS) Myra M. Brown, and Cultural Affairs Assistant Aisha Nartey.
Kwabena won this year’s Spelling Bee among 4,000 participants from throughout Ghana. The annual competition is funded by the Embassy of the United States of America in Ghana in addition to international and Ghanaian corporate sponsors.
Mr. Quiroz said: “Kwabena’s extraordinary achievements as the winner of this intense competition demonstrates superior resilience and commitment to excellence. His success also underscores the importance of education as a key foundation for all Ghanaian youth to reach for the stars and realize their dreams, as well as the positive impact of mentorship and teamwork in their lives. The United States of America is proud to have been a sponsor of this program, and we wish Kwabena good luck as he prepares to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Baltimore, Maryland.”
REPS Brown observed: “It was an honor meeting Kwabena and his mentors and teachers. Ghana is well represented with this charming, articulate, bright young man as Ghana’s representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in May 2019. Kwabena is a tough competitor who did not give up on winning when he was not successful initially. That resolve and determination will propel him in the upcoming spelling bee.”
Please learn more about U.S. Embassy programs which promote education and cultural exchanges here: https://gh.usembassy.gov/education-culture/.