Ghana Sends Speller to American Bee for 10th Year

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May 22, 2017

The Scripps National Spelling Bee features not only American contestants but students from several other countries, including Ghana. The African country has had its own national bee for 10 years. 

The 2017 Ghana representative at the (American) National Bee is Lily Tugah (center), a 12-year-old attendee of the Solidarity International School in Ashaiman. Nearly 200 other students participated in the event, which took place in Accra. Lily correctly spelled baculiform to win. The competition lasted 12 rounds.

As prizes, Lily received a GHC10,000 scholarship, a GHC10,000 savings account, a trophy, a TV decoder, and a Merriam-Webster dictionary. GHC stands for Ghanaian cedi, the country's national currency.

Lily will be among the several hundred at the American National Bee, which takes place near Washington, D.C., at the end of May.

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