Mya Gloade BEEcomes the 15th Annual BEA’s REP Provincial Spelling BEE Champion

by Lil' J October 19, 2021

Seventeen rounds of excitement had hundreds of contestants, parents, educators, and staff watching and waiting from the edge of their seats, for a winner to be announced!


15th REP Spelling BEE Winner Mya Gloade

“ I have been attending the BEE for several years and took home second place twice in a row. This year my hard work, committment and dedication paid off. I stand here as the 2021 REP Provicial Spelling BEE winner. The experience was a roller coaster, because there were tons of great spellers, but I knew, this was my time. I encourage all spellers to step on this stage and be apart of the Spelling BEE.” Mya Gloade

Incredible things happen when you BEElieve!

BEA’s 15th Annual Regional Educators Program Provincial Spelling BEE finishes with winning word


Sixteen-year-old Mya Gloade (Speller #10) who attends Cobequid Education Centre (CEC) in the Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education (CCRCE), Jenaya Pictou (Speller #11) also of Cobequid Education Centre and Lily Sanchez (Speller #47) in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) are the top winners in the 2021 REP Provincial Spelling BEE.  Mya Gloade who has attended the Truro Cultural Academic Enrichment Program – CAEP (BEA’s after-school program) for years captured first place in Saturday’s event hosted by the Black Educators Association (BEA), supported by its education partner the African Canadian Services Branch of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia’s Regional Centres of Education, businesses and corporations across Nova Scotia. Jenaya Pictou (also 16-years-old and as well a long-time Truro CAEP attendee) took home second-place honors.  And, 10-year-old Lily Sanchez who attends Mulgrave Park CAEP and is a student at St. Joseph’s A. McKay Elementary School came in third place in the 17-round nail-biting competition.

BEA’s challenging and long-standing academic competition, which draws up-to-100 spellers from across the province annually was limited to a maximum of 64 competitors for 2021’s Competition Day and was held Saturday at the Doubletree by Hilton Halifax-Dartmouth.  The BEE is held in May (was delayed, however, until September 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic) in recognition of the United States-based Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Mya Gloade triumphed as a first-place speller in the one-word championship round proudly spelling out ‘l-o-q-u-a-c-i-o-u-s’2021 marked the 15th Year of the REP Provincial Spelling BEE, Truro’s own Sebastian Barrington (2016’s Champion and a first-year Dalhousie University student) assumed the role of Pronouncer for the 2021 REP Provincial Spelling BEE. Also notable, this is the first time three female students have taken home first, second and third place honors collectively.

2021’s Top 10 Spellers & Regions:

#03 Drayis Darling – Cape Breton                                     #09 Nathan Robinson – Halifax

#10 Mya Gloade – Northern                                            #11 Jenaya Pictou – Northern

#12 Dasia Abbey – Northern                                              #42 Emtenan Al-Taher – Halifax

#47 Lily Sanchez  – Halifax                                                 #48 Munder Al-Taher – Halifax

#51 Sarah Bregaw – Halifax                                                #52 Yusra Karim – Halifax

The annual competition is open to black students ages eight to 15 years in public, private schools and home-schoolers and any student enrolled in the BEA’s Cultural Academic Enrichment Programs (CAEPs). 2021’s Competition was open to competitors up-to-16 years for this year only due to BEE 2020’s cancellation. The purpose of the REP Provincial Spelling BEE is to focus on English language basics; foster learning of African Nova Scotian students studying the English language and introduce and encourage students to compete in regional, national, and international finals.  First, second and third-place winners took home BEA Education Awards of $1000, $800, and $500 respectively along with trophies, a Samsung Galaxy Tablet A, Teens Now Talk backpacks each, and gift cards and prizes from local businesses. 2022‘s Competition Day is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) @ 1:00 pm.  For more information on the REP Provincial Spelling BEE, Regional Educators Program, the CAEPs, Adult Learning Program & all other BEA Programs/Projects, please visit

Speaking of Scripps National Spelling BEE, are you a stellar speller?  Can you get pass 2?  Test yourself with the CNN Spelling Bee 

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Congratulation to ALL the spellers. See you next year! BEE Ready! 

Mark Your Calendar: May 14, 2022, Competition Day is coming soon!  For more information on the Regional Educators Program provincial spelling bee, the Regional Educators Program, the Cultural Academic Enrichment Program, and all other Black Educators Association programs, please visit BEA Black Educators Association 

Incredible things happen when you BEElieve. 

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