U.S. Embassy Kicks Off 2nd Annual Spelling Bee Competition

On March 18 and March 19, 100 students from public and private schools in Mount Lebanon (Aley-Chouf) and the Bekaa participated in the first regional round of the U.S.-Embassy funded Spelling Bee competition at the Baakline and Zahleh American Corners.  Organized in partnership with USPEaK, our second annual Spelling Bee brings together young students to compete in spelling words in English that promote tolerance, coexistence, citizenship, and environmental stewardship.  Through the Spelling Bee competition, the U.S. Embassy aims to rekindle students’ interest in correct English usage and contribute to improving their spelling abilities by providing strategies to increase vocabulary, memorize words, and learn new concepts.

200 students from 20 public and private schools in the Bekaa and Mount Lebanon (Aley-Chouf) will participate in regional competitions in 2016, while more than 1100 students participated in preliminary competitions within their schools.  The second round of regional competitions and the final national round will be held in April 2016.

The American Corners are partnerships between the Public Diplomacy section of U.S. Embassy Beirut and local institutions.  In addition to books and resources about the U.S., American Corners host a wide array of programs including speaking events, book readings, movie screenings, workshops and activities for the local community.

For more details about Spelling Bee Lebanon 2016, please visit:https://www.facebook.com/Lebanon.spellingbee