[www.inewsguyana.com] – A young lady from Mocha Arcadia on Saturday walked away with the first place trophy and bragging rights for being the ‘A’ Division Spelling Bee Champion.
The inter-youth group spelling bee concluded on Saturday with Taheerah Cave copping first place, Jermaine Simon of Albouystown copping second and Janice Stoll of Diamond claiming the third sport.
According to a press release, the event was sponsored by Commander ‘A’ Division Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken and also received support from the Department of Youth of the Ministry of the Education and was held at the Guyana Police Force Officers Mess Annex, Eve Leary.
“The competition commenced when the first place and second place winners were selected for the finals. Those included young people from the communities of Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke, Grove, Golden Grove/Diamond, Mocha Arcadia, Central Georgetown, Alberttown, and Albouystown.”
Commander Hicken told the young people in the presence of their group leaders that the competition was one of the many new initiatives the police would be engaging them in as it seeks to build their capacity and broaden their horizons.
He stressed the importance of young people being familiar with spelling and use of common and non-common words as it also builds their capacity to relate with persons at their level and even higher in some instances.
Commander Hicken also spoke of the need for the young people to also know the meaning of the words that they have been practicing over the couple of weeks so that they can be able to use them in everyday dialogue.
The young people who topped the competition would also be receiving monetary prizes also in addition to the trophies presented to them on Saturday.
The competition was held under the theme: “Minimizing Errors, Producing Competitive Speller” The competition would be called again next year and is expected to bring young people from the other police youth groups across the country.
There is also a push for the competition to be introduced into schools.