Following weeks of spelling a broad selection of fascinating words, a 15-year-old student of Starville School, Abuja, Snow George has emerged winner of the 2020 MTN mPulse Spelling Bee. The competition, which commenced in October 2020, witnessed participation from over 16,000 children aged 9-15 across the country. Snow George emerged winner at a keenly contested finale on December 12. In the final round, she beat Ansel Ifelaja of MasterHills College with the correct spelling of the word ‘Doraphobia’.
George received a two-million-naira scholarship, a laptop, smartphone and mPulse goody bag. “I am thankful to God, my teachers and parents for coaching me through this building process. It was challenging as I had to learn new words daily. I am truly grateful to MTN for providing me with the platform to showcase something I enjoy”, she said about her experience.
Ansel Ifelaja of MasterHills College Lagos, the first-runner-up was awarded one million naira scholarship, a smartphone and goody bag, while the second-runner up, Elvis Ekwelem of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt was presented with a N750,000 scholarship, a smartphone and goody bag. In addition, Starville School Abuja (which Snow attends), received laptops and routers and were provided with internet access for 90 days. Teachers of the top three contestants were awarded cash prizes, and all other 17 participants in the grand finale went home with cash and other prizes.
The prizes were awarded during the spelling bee finale by Anthony Obi, Acting Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria who marvelled at the dedication and capabilities demonstrated by the young wordsmiths and reaffirmed MTN’s commitment to youth empowerment saying; “we are thrilled by the level of competition in our first-ever virtual spelling bee; we extend our hearty congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated in this event.”
“Through the mPulse proposition, our goal is to enable a world of possibilities in the most innovative ways for the young ones in our country”.
The mPulse spelling bee is one of many initiatives planned by MTN, for young students across Nigeria. Spelling bees encourage language comprehension and help students build their vocabulary while developing study techniques and self-confidence through friendly competition.
MTN mPulse is designed to enable teens to learn and excel in academic pursuit, skill acquisition and develop ground-breaking innovations while being entertained.
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