ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Precious Sprouts School in Ann Arbor will host a regional contest for the first national Muslim spelling bee, according to The bee is being sponsored by Chicago-based TMA Worldwide to “help connect the Muslim community to the mainstream community.”

“Muslims are not aware of spelling bees because they are focused on getting their children into engineering or medicine,” Tausif Malik, co-owner of TMA Worldwide, told

At only 31 students, Precious Sprouts is the smallest regional host in the tournament, according to The top two finalists in each of three age groups will go on to face competitors from nine other regions in Des Plaines, Ill., in May.

SOURCE:, “Ann Arbor Islamic school to host Michigan's first Muslim spelling bee Saturday,” April 7, 2012


Michigan Education Report, “Adding private schools to the school choice debate,” June 7, 2010