According to the speaker, spelling bee is a reflection of an individual’s cognitive abilities. Knowing the spelling of words is not a natural occurrence but a reflection of a person’s cognitive abilities. Additionally, it is a co-curricular activity that equips one with proper communication skills that adds to an individual’s sense of self worth and self esteem at large. In a spelling bee competition, competitors are required to work individually or as a team, despite the arrangement, they have to demonstrate a prior knowledge of words, pronunciation and rules of grammar in order to try and spell these words. The sense of accomplishment accompanied with wining a spelling bee competition is a source of heightened sense of self esteem and self worth. On the other hand, team work involves realizing and appreciating the potential of team members, this helps overcome the social prejudice particular groups are associated with. For example, when boys and girls are placed in the same group, they are able to appreciate each others intellectual ability irrespective of gender. Generally, spelling bee is an activity that equips individuals with necessary tools for social and intellectual development.
To ascertain these claims, the speaker presented recorded the views of ten spelling bee participants: five boys and five girls on the relevance of spelling bee to their lives after school. All the participants associated their heightened sense of self worth and esteem with winning the competition.