Makella wins 2016 Colgate National Dental Spelling Bee Competition
Last year, the Colgate National Dental Spelling Bee Champion came from the Pierrot Combined School and this year, the winning spree remains in the south of the island. Mekella Popo, a petite Grade 3 student from the Micoud Primary School walked away as the new champion in the 2016 Colgate National Dental Spelling Bee Competition.
The excited third grader said, “I feel elated today, happy and overwhelmed.”
The finals of the Competition was held last Friday at the Coconut Bay Hotel, in Vieux Fort, where eight participants each representing their educational district competed very keenly for the grand title.
Ahead of the event, one of the architects of the competition, Angella Mariat, of the Curriculum and Materials Development Unit (CAMDU) appealed to teachers and parents to give the young students opportunities to participate and dispel the fear of what she termed “little children spelling big words.”
“The Ministry is so grateful when corporate sponsors come in to assist. And I'm saying to you teachers that are the only opportunity that children get in order to win prizes, wonderful prizes. And so, we are indeed grateful for the assistance of Colgate and the other corporate partners, we are grateful for what you have done for the education system. Trust me, that's what the students will remember when they leave school, unless they had a terrible experience. They will remember taking part in these competitions,” Mariat said.
The champion's teacher, Brendaline Gonzague says Mekella is an exemplary student who brings much excitement and high expectations to the class and the school.
The support of the parents is absolutely crucial cited the young student's mom. Makella's mom said “When I spoke to her teacher about her love for words and her love for books she mentioned the Spelling Bee and soon after, she was chosen as one of the children to prepare for the competition. She eventually won among herself. Ever since then, I've worked with her at home, every morning during preparation for school, I'd be running around and calling ‘bruxism” and with every word, I gave her many different possible pronunciations, just in the event that the word was pronounced differently, so that she would know exactly what word it was.”
Colgate Brand Manager Betty-Forde informed that they are the main sponsors of the competition, which is now into its sixth year and with growing support from Anchor, Farmer's Choice. She indicated her company's pleasure working with the Ministry of Health and Education in order put smiles on the faces of the children of St. Lucia.
“Congratulations, I think you all did very well. I think you are all very deserving of being a part of these finals. You have proven that and so on behalf of Colgate I want to welcome all of you here today. Thank you for participating”
The second and third place winners respectively are Shane Narcisse of the St. Aloysious RC Boys Primary and Akeelah Henry of the Soufriere Primary school.
Makella was overwhelmed by her latest achievement as she spelled her way to the top!