The second annual ‘Black Inventors and Their Inventions,’ Spelling Bee, developed to create an atmosphere for young students to gain additional knowledge into African-America inventions, was recently held at the Community Rehabilitation Center. Supporters and family cheerleaders were in attendance to witness the registered students compete in the annual spelling bee to spell an extensive selection of words. Judges presented the words and students had the opportunity to recite, then spell the word for clarity. Students showed their confidence and expansive wordsmith knowledge to engage with contestants for the winning word and trophy.
“Our young students should be equipped with the knowledge of our ancestors and the impact that we have on the current culture,” said educator and organizer Lydia Faida. “Many of the itmes we use everyday were created by African Americans – we have to ensure that the next generation always keeps that in mind.”
Shown are the winners and organizer l-r Joseph Stuckey, age 17, 1st Place Winner, $500 (Senior Paxon High School); organizer Lydia Faida Jackson-Bell, Saleya Grant, $300, 2nd Place Winner (10th Grader at Ribault High School) and home for holiday student Jeremiah Barrington, age 15, $200, 3rd Place Winner (John Ehret High School-New Orleans).