The aim and goal of the Ethiopian American Spelling Bee is to promote academic excellence, to develop human resources, and above all to help children of Ethiopian origin and their family achieve success regardless of religion, gender and geographic origin. These educational contests in the US are designed to encourage and provide supportive and positive learning environment in which every child has the opportunity to develop life lasting skills, which in turn fosters self confidence and personal growth.
Meet Ethiopian American Nejat Alkadir, She competed in 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee representing her state of North Carolina on May 30-31, 2012 at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington DC.
Nejat likes to spend her spare time knitting, crocheting and making lanyards. Her parents immigrated from Ethiopia, and at school Nejat herself excels in language arts. She learned how to read at age 3-1/2 and then taught her brother and sister to read. At home, Nejat enjoys watching Korean shows and dramas, and she likes to listen to Korean music from SHINee. Her favorite game is Scattergories, and her favorite food is lasagna. Nejat hopes to someday pursue a career as a pediatrician.