93RD SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE – USA SUSPENDED 

The Young Educators Foundation issues a press statement on Scripps Spelling Bee, Please read the statement below:

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations and countries are having to review their schedules and activities in line with the WHO precautionary measures and advice to minimise the spread of this disease. The Spelling Bee has just received directives from our mother company, Scripps Spelling Bee announcing the suspension of the 93rd edition of the event, slated to have taken place from May 24 to 29, 2020. In the communique, which is available on all their social media handles, Scripps Spelling Bee explains that, ” the world is navigating through uncertainty, and while the timing of the national finals is just outside the eight-week window recommended by the CDC [Centre for Disease Control, USA], this is the safest and most responsible action. This was a difficult decision that unfortunately will disappoint students who have spent a great deal of time studying and preparing, along with their parents and teachers who have supported them. The focus now shifts to exploring all options to possibly reimagine a competition for later this year.” In line with this statement, The Spelling Bee 2020 Champion, Miss Nadia Chelpang Mashoud, of Alhassan Gbanzaba Memorial School will not be in the USA this May to represent Ghana as was earlier communicated. We will continue to work with her and prepare her in the event that there is a new date to be communicated by Scripps Spelling Bee, USA. These are unprecedented times and we are counting on all and sundry to bear with us whilst we find the best solution in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. 

Sincerely Yours, 

Eugenia Tachie-Menson 

Country Director 

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