My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Spelling Bee

We had our own "Akeelah" moments today as our kids faced off in the second annual Faith Roots Spelling Bee. 

This year was a bit more official, being hosted in our computer lab, intense judges, and sentences and definitions prepared for students who didn't understand the word they were given. Our kids handled it with grace and all things good. They were brave. Amidst the nervous minds and hands and feet and stomachs, we had some real super stars shine through.

I was so proud of our kids, knowing that they had spent weeks working and working on their lists of words, getting ready for the big day.  And though nervousness got the best of some of them, they really did remarkably well.

I was so grateful for the help of our special volunteers and friends who came in and worked on word lists and judging and organizing the competition and entertaining the littles and even making these beauties:

Yep, I was so happy to see all that happened today. And when we left this afternoon, John told me that we need to do things like this more and more as it was so exciting to see our kids put in so much effort to win their ribbon.

And it's moments like this:
When we get to see the child-like excitement of winning...a job well done...in our oldest students...

This makes the weeks of working it all out...worth it!

Way to go, Faith Roots International Academy!  We are proud of all of our students!

But for those of you who may have served with us or sponsor some of these amazing kiddos, here are our winners:

Primary 1 Winners:
Jason K.
William A.

Primary 2 Winners:
Bismark K.
Alex K.

Primary 3 Winners:
Perfect A.
Love K.

Lower Primary All-School Winner:
Perfect A.

Primary 4 Winners:
Mary A.
Carlos A.

Primary 5 Winners:
Mary O.
Christabel O.

Primary 6 Winners:
Sylvester A.
Gloria B.

Upper Primary All-School Winner:
Gloria B.

JHS1 Winners:
Hannah O.
Valentina A.

JHS2/ML Winners:
Grace Y.
Rosemary O.

JHS/ML All-School Winner:
Rosemary O.

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