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Feb 1, 2023

How Well Can They Spell? The Bowen & Bowen National Spelling Bee Contest is Here

Vanessa Bowman

Today marked the start of the Bowen and Bowen National Spelling Bee competition among primary school students. The event, now in its twenty-sixth year, started today throughout the country in what is called zone eliminations. The Belize Brewing Company’s Coca Cola Brand Coordinator, Vanessa Bowman told News Five today that the preparations started soon after the September celebrations were over.


Vanessa Bowman, Coca Cola Brand Coordinator, Belize Brewing Company Ltd.

“Each participant would have received a general list to study from and they would compete amongst themselves within their school to identify a person who is going to represent that school and each district has their own zone and the zones are now competing among each other to have those two persons that will be representing at the zone level. Once we move out of the zone level, we go to district, but in between we’ll have a break where the students will then be preparing for another round of eliminations and they’ll have a new general list to study from. There are forty zones in total countrywide. We have over two hundred and twenty-six schools that have agreed to participate. That’s about five hundred plus students.”

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