The Bees

Duah Francis

© Copyright 2018 by Duah Francis

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This is a life story of two young boys from the same town and the same school but each of them wanted to be the first winner in the National Spelling Bee Competition but later found themselves been on the first and third positions it wasn't easy but they never give up the gain what they pain for.

Michael a 16 year old boy who lived with his parents at Clinton’s Town and studied at the Clinton High School, and Hansen was a school mate from the same level but different class. Michael was the last born of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Michael who worked hard to cater for their 3 kids. Michael's elder brother Elijah who was a scholar but he couldn’t continue his education because he had an accident which made him disabled, the family lived in a small house in Clintons Town were the parents were workers at Mr. David warehouse, Michael used to join his parents after he had closed from school and his sister also worked at the Tea shop, Michael was the only one in school because he was the younger one and his family supported him because he was good and intelligent too.

Hansen the other boy was fair in complexion he moved to Clinton Town to stayed with his uncle, his father was the minister of education in the capital city and was the only son of Mr. Bright Hansen, Hansen was a kid who always make his father proud when it comes to competitions and examinations and he was the winner of Clintons Essay Competition last 2 years and still the current champion, his well been in academics was known by all the people. His family was at different level not comparing to that of Michael but Hansen lost her mother at the age of 9. 

On 28th February, 2017 a spelling Bee competition was held in Clinton Town where all students were given the chance to participate in, but Michael wasn’t part of the competition because of his family issues but decided to be part of the 2018 spelling Bee competition, life was hard but he never gave up chasing his dreams. 

On 28th February, 2018 the Spelling Bee Competition was once again held in Clinton Town and Michael made it to be part and Hansen too. The town was to choose only 2 students from the 50 competitors, Michael with the little books that he had, studied hard with the help of his sister Martha and his brother he learned all night but when the Grand Finale was taking place in Theatres Park, with the results Hansen became first followed by Michael though he wasn’t the winner but the results brought joy to the family and Hansen uncle bought Hansen a gift after he became the winner. The two boys from Clinton High School were chose to represent the town in the upcoming National Spelling Bee Competition but this Spelling Bee Competition wanted only one person as a winner.

When Hansen father heard the news he got his son a new apple laptop promising him a brand car when he become the winner of the National Spelling Bee Competition, but Michaels family motivated Michael to do his best and the results will be good. 

On 20th March the two boys left home for the competition , they stayed at the capital city until the competition was over which toke over 4 weeks because of the number of pupils coming from different places . This two boys did their best and got to know each other best , later worked together as a group and before they reached the quarter-finals they got to know a girl Maria who was the only girl wining and qualified to the semi-finals, this made boys focused much , they won and qualified to the semi-finals, at this stage every qualified student is on his or her own , they were no more in groups this was hard for the two boys because Hansen was afraid that Michael wont make it to the finals but when the results came
Michael, Hansen, Maria, Andrew, Matthew these students made it to the final round of the competition, it wasn’t an easy task for them.

Before the day of the final round the President of the state promise to take care of the first 3 students from the competition. The final round toke place at the National Theatre where everyone was invited including the President and the Ministers, Michael family came as Hansen family did also came to watch their boy and the students in Clinton High School was present. 

The final round started and no one was making a mistake in his or her spellings all the five kids spelled everything correctly so it was hard for the judges to choose a winner until it reached the last round where everybody was to spell the same word and they will choose the person who will be fast in his or her spelling as the winner.
They were asked to spell “CICERONIAN” all the students spelled it correctly but not that fast because it was the last word and all the crowds were standing, waiting for the winner to be mentioned, they looked at the huge crowd and spelled the word but Michael looked at his feet not the crowds and spell the word within seconds and when the results came Michael was the winner of the competition followed by Andrew, Hansen, Maria and Matthew the first 3 was chosen to represent the country in the World Spelling Bee.

This great moment changed the life of Michaels family as the president promised to take care of their families, Michael’s father got a new job and her sister continued her education and was a surprised to Hansen's family because they thought Hansen could be the first followed by Michael but the father got Hansen a new car and motivated him to keep pushing because the game is not yet over, in the next 10 months the 3 boys were fully prepared and flied to Canada for the next competition.

To be a winner is not easy but never give up until your last breath and nobody knows what tomorrow is going to be like, try to be like Michael and you will never find yourself losing, believe in what you think about yourself more than other people think about. 

Bring it on to the last minute.

My name is Duah kwaku Francis age 19 from West Africa Ghana. I started writing short stories when I was in Junior High School at age 14. I became a dropout after failing to pay for college fees even though life  it's hard but this haven't stop me from working hard to achieve my goals to get my stories read by many. I'm very happy to get this chance to get my story upload on your website and I look forward in getting future opportunities.

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