All Nations Baptist Church Hosts Annual Spelling Bee

Lyndia Grant | 3/10/2010, 11:41 a.m.

The All Nations Baptist Church in Northeast hosted its Second annual Spelling Bee, Sun., Feb. 28 in the church€s sanctuary and kept friends, family members and organizers of the Bee on pins and needles to the very end.

Leah Woody won First Place. Leah, an eighth grader attends Thomas Johnson Middle School in Lanham, Md.; Josiah Tabb, a third grader attends Crofton Meadows Middle School and his brother Nassiar Tabb, a fifth grader attends Crofton Middle School in Crofton, Md. The Tabb brothers competed as a team and brought home Second Place honors. Julian Reid, a seventh grader who attends Crofton Middle School in Crofton, Md., won Third Place.

The Rev. Dr. James Coleman, pastor of the church applauded the Spelling Bee competition.

€The Annual Spelling Bee held at All Nations Baptist Church is designed to encourage youth in word recognition skills and to increase word vocabulary,€ he said.

€The effort to support students in a Christian atmosphere is to create a rally of support around healthy competition. As the traditional Sunday school is to acquaint youth with stories about Christian values, so too is the Spelling Bee to promote educational values.€

Organizers of the Bee said that all of the students who competed in this year€s event are considered winners. Each student who participated received a ribbon and First, Second and Third place winners received trophies. All Spelling Bee participants will be treated to a guided tour of the historic Frederick Douglass Residence in Southeast.

The church sponsored the Spelling Bee, under the leadership of Sunday Enrichment School Superintendent, Minister Paulette Holloway, with the help of the Assistant Superintendent Lyndia Grant. Local historians served as judges for the event and included Sylvia Y. Cyrus, executive director of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH); the Vice-President of ASALH, Membership Chair, Dr. Janet Sims-Woods, a librarian at the Prince George€s Community College; and James Perry, a probation and parole officer from Virginia. Dr. Rhonda McManus of The All Nations Baptist Church served as timekeeper for the Spelling Bee competition.

Minister Holloway said that she was pleased that 18 students participated in this year€s Spelling Bee.

€I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with such a phenomenal group of young people who clearly have been trained well and are being well educated in a school system that teaches them the value of words,€ Holloway said.

€I appreciate them and I enjoyed being a part of the Spelling Bee, working with them,€ she said.

Inspired by The Washington Informer€s Annual Spelling Bee, a mainstay in the community for the past 27 years, The All Nations Baptist Church membership thanked publisher Denise Rolark Barnes who served as the moderator of the church€s Spelling Bee competition.

The Washington Informer sponsors the D.C. City-Wide Spelling Bee in which nearly 3,000 students participate annually.