BEA’s 13 th Annual Regional Educators Program Provincial Spelling BEE finishes


Monday, May 13, 2019 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Contact: Jacqueline S. Herriott, Chair – 2019 BEE

BEA’s 13th Annual Regional Educators Program Provincial Spelling BEE finishes with winning word ‘A-F-F-E-C-T-A-T-I-O-N’!

Kiara Hiltz (Speller #29) who attends Bayview Community School in the Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education (AVRCE), Kaleb Williams (Speller #01) of Saint Andrew Junior School in the Strait Regional Centre for Education (SRCE) and Mya Gloade (Speller #02) in the Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education (CCRCE) are the top winners in the 2019 REP Provincial Spelling BEE. Kiara Hiltz, who attends the Bridgewater Cultural Academic Enrichment Program – CAEP (BEA’s after-school program) captured first place in this year’s event hosted by the Black Educators Association (BEA). Kaleb Williams (Age 14) who attends the Antigonish CAEP took home second-place honors. And, 14-year-old Mya Gloade who attends Truro Junior High School came in third place.


BEA’s challenging academic competition, which draws up-to-100 spellers from across the province, was held Saturday at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in Halifax. The BEE is held in May in recognition of the United States-based Scripps National Spelling Bee. Saturday’s 2019 Competition was tense with a packed audience of former school board members, teaching staff, Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) staff, BEA members and staff; parents and families, BEA’s corporate sponsors and other educational stakeholders cheering through 13 rounds until Kiara triumphed as first-place speller in the one-word championship round proudly spelling out ‘a-f-f-e-c-t-a-t-i-o-n’. 2019 marked the 13th Anniversary of the REP Provincial Spelling BEE, held once again, at Mount Saint Vincent University. Izabelle Chase (2013 & 2014’s Champion) assumed the role of Head Judge for the 2019 REP Provincial Spelling BEE joining Truro’s own Sebastian Barrington (2016’s Champion) as the Pronouncer. This is the first time a student in the AVRCE has taken home first place honors. Additionally, Karema Alarabi and Munir Al-Taher, both students in Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) and Bayers Westwood CAEP were recognized as 2019’s Queen BEAtrice & King Bumble respectively in the President’s 2019 HoneyPOT CAEPs & Home Reading Challenge for reading the most books.

2019 Top 10 Spellers & Regions:

#01 Kaleb Williams – Strait

#02 Mya Gloade - Northern

#09 Dasia Abbey – Northern

#12 Karema Alarabi - Halifax

#16 Mohammed Khan – Halifax

#17 Taliyah Amon - Northern

#29 Kiara Hiltz – Valley

#36 Emtenan Al-Taher - Halifax

#53 Isiah States – Valley

#71 Ashton MacRae - Northern


The annual competition is open to black students ages eight to 15 years in public, private schools and home-schoolers and any student enrolled in the BEA’s Cultural Academic Enrichment Programs (CAEPs). The purpose of the REP Provincial Spelling BEE is to focus on English language basics; foster learning of African Nova Scotian students studying the English language and introduce and encourage students to compete in regional, national and international finals. Winners took home BEA Education Awards of $800, $500 and $300 along with trophies, a Samsung Galaxy Tablet A each and gift cards and prizes from local businesses for all three winners. 2020‘s Competition Day will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at MSVU @ 1:00pm. For more information on the REP Provincial Spelling BEE, Regional Educators Program, the CAEPs & all other BEA Programs, please visit: http://www.theblackeducators.ca/

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