Muslim Spelling Bee Competition Concludes on Thanksgiving Weekend
At the Des Plaines Theater, in the suburbs of Chicago, the atmosphere was electric! Families from all over the United States had converged to witness the World’s First Muslim Spelling Bee Finals. The premise of the bee is to connect Muslim students from all over the United States who attend public, private and Islamic schools. Regional winners hailed from Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Houston and Dallas.
The event started at 8.30 AM with registration and was followed by a recitation from the Holy Qur'an by Abdullah Hussain, a young Islamic scholar pursuing an Alim course at Darul Qasim.
The participants were divided according to their ages into 4 groups A, B, C & D and were guided by volunteers to their respective seats.
Tausif Malik, the founding director of Muslim Spelling Bee, welcomed and introduced the program to the attendees. He thanked the media and sponsors for supporting the event. He also thanked teachers, principals and parents for their support in making the competition a grand success. He then introduced Sister Sohair Omar, Muslim Liaison, Office of the Governor and Deputy Director, Illinois Finance Authority, who read the message of the Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois.
The regional winners showcased their skills and expertise and raised the level of the competition. The audience sat spellbound by their knowledge and spellings of words. The winners for the competition were:
Group A (Ages up-to 7 years)
1st -Ali Ala- International Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio
2nd- Alayna Zayb- ICOB Academy, New Jersey
3rd - Yasin Ahmed- Darul Arqam Academy- New Jersey
Group B (Ages 8- 9years)
1st -Rabya Hasnain-Maroa Forsyth Grade School, Illinois
2nd Osman Muhammad Khan -Hillside Elementary School, New Jersey
3rd -Asweel Mehaboob Kumbalakkuzhiyil, MDQ Academy, New York
Group C (Ages 10- 11years)
1st -Aya Mehmli, Noble Leadership Academy , New Jersey
2nd - Ali Razvi, Islamic School of Irving, Texas
3rd- Zayna Motiwala-Darul Arqam School , New Jersey
Group D (Ages 12- 14years)
1st -Yasir Hasnain, Maroa Forsyth Grade School, Illinois
2nd -Syeda Maryam Beyabani, K12, Texas
3rd-Ridaa Dadani, Baytul Iman Academy, New Jersey
The 12 winners also launched the World’s First Muslim News Portal www.GlobalMuslimObserver.com . www.GlobalMuslimObserver.com that will offer a platform to individuals and organizations to create an account and submit their news, press releases, event pictures etc to be shared with newspapers and media outlets.
The event concluded with an award ceremony.
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