Kamuzu academy student Michelle Makwelero unveiled 2023 National Spelling Bee overall winner

By Chisomo Phiri

A form three student at Malawi’s high school Kamuzu Academy Michelle Makwelero,is the overall winner of the 2023 National Spelling Bee in the senior category.

Makwelero, 13, was announced the winner of the competition on Wednesday at the National Spelling Bee Grand Finale took place at Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu.

On second position is Lusekero Mnyenyembe, a 16-year-old Form Three student at St Peter’s Catholic Secondary School, while Verson Chirwa, a 16-year-old form two student from Chulu Community Day Secondary School in Kasungu District came third.

In the junior rural category, the overall winner is Goodwell Gondwe, a Standard Eight learner at Mdembwera Primary School in Karonga District, followed by Emmanuel Mzine, a Standard Six learner at Gowo Primary School in Lilongwe while Joseph Malasheka, a Standard Eight learner from Chinthembwe Primary School in Ntchisi has come third.

And in the Junior urban category, Tadala Chete from Eagles Nest Christian Academy is on first position, Andre Kamuyambeni from Sparrows Private school on second and Grant Chikoni from Playdor private school is on third position.

Those on first position will represent Malawi at the 2023 Africa Spelling Bee in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

National Spelling Bee is a Co-founder and consortium member of the African Spelling Bee that currently has 27 country spelling bee organizations.

Here in Malawi, the program reaches out to both primary and secondary school children in both rural and urban areas.