The Second Lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has honoured two Spelling Bee champions for excellence, and called on pupils to be dedicated to their books.
She reminded the pupils that academic excellence could only be achieved through focused learning and hard work, indicating that there was vital need for children to take their education serious.
As a short ceremony at her office in Accra on Thursday to honour 14-year-old Ms. Afua Ansah who was among one of the 45 finalists for the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States and Ms Phoebe Naaki Odei, who also won the national French Spelling Bee in Ghana, Mrs. Amissah-Arthur described the performance of the two as worth emulating by their peers.
Being the first Ghanaian finalist in the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, the Second Lady said the performance of Ms. Ansah, who narrowly missed the trophy, was a honour to Ghana and Africa.
“We thank you for flying high the flag of Ghana and making us proud as Ghanaians,” she told Ms. Ansah.
Regarding Ms. Odei, Mrs. Amissah-Arthur lauded her achievement by winning the national French spelling competition, indicating that it should inspire others to learn more French since that has become vital to enable Ghanaians to communicate effectively with other nationals, especially Francophone countries.
As a librarian, she noted that she was very proud of the output of the girls, and inspired them to do more.
“As Ghanaians, we should celebrate them and use them as a living testimony to encourage others, so that we would get more of their type,” she stressed.
To show her appreciation, Mrs Amissah –Arthur presented a package of educational materials, including books, and a laptop each to Ms Ansah and Ms. Odei.