On March 18, 2015, the U.S. Embassy organized the second edition of the Spelling Bee competition in Douala at Lycee Polyvalent de Bonaberi. Close to 600 guests including pedagogic inspectors, teachers, school administrators and the media attended the event. Thirty candidates representing 10 Douala-based secondary schools participated in the competition. It took three hours, 21 rounds and a total of 97 words spelled to determine the winner. At the end of the event, the young Fowomene Devaloire from Government Bilingual High School Bonaberi emerged champion by correctly spelling the word “hallucinogen.”
In his opening remarks, Mr. John Taylor, Director of the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Douala encouraged all the students to take a more active role in their education. “If you continue with the same dedication you have used to prepare for the Spelling Bee competition, nothing will stop you from achieving your dreams,” he told the students.
The Spelling Bee is an annual event organized by the U.S. Embassy to enable students to deepen their knowledge of the English language and develop greater sensitivity to proper spelling, while at the same time having fun. The Douala event was the second of the four Spelling Bee competitions the Embassy will organize in Cameroon this year. The next event is scheduled in Bamenda on April 1, 2015.