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Shine on Young Spellers

I come across or get sent items intended for this site pretty much every day, and because I’m not able to update every day they add up. This one dates all the way back to last October but is still worth posting I think – because it’s about young people and literacy, and because the 2015 cycle of the Bee is still many months away making this still the most current Bee news. Also having covered and attended, and even participated, in the Bee, I find it both fun and riveting and a great challenge for the young ones. I want to give it some shine. So shine on young spellers… with apologies for the delay.



Sunday 19th October 2014

Nathan Fenton, a fifth-grader at the St. Michael’s Primary School, has won the 2014 Inet-Rotaract Spelling Bee competition.

Nathan overcame four other students in nearly two hours and equal rounds of intense competition at the Precision Center on Saturday.

Finishing second was Ajani Gore from CCSET International Academy.

J’Nelle Belizaire from St. John’s Catholic Primary School finished third while Sunnyside Tutorial’s Jedaiah Harris and T. N. Kirnon’s Jahssiem Moncherry tied in fourth place.

This year’s Rotaract Bee featured students from over 27 private and public schools from across the country including Barbuda.

The St. Michael’s Primary School student, Nathan Fenton took home a laptop computer, a printer, one year free internet and modem compliments Inet, Haliborange package compliments Seven Seas, gift vouchers compliments Stephen B Shoul and Subway, and a trophy.

For the honour of second place, CCSET International Academy student Ajani Gore was awarded Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 along with six months free internet and modem compliments Inet, $1,000.00 Savings Account compliments Scotiabank, Haliborange package compliments Seven Seas, gift vouchers compliments Stephen B Shoul and Subway, and a trophy.

St. John’s Catholic J’Nelle Belizaire received three months free internet and modem compliments Inet, a $500.00 Savings Account compliments Scotiabank, Haliborange package compliments Seven Seas, $500.00 worth of School Supplies, gift vouchers compliments Stephen B Shoul, Subway, and Stitch World and a trophy.

There was no shortage of support for the contestants as hundreds of enthusiasts came out in their numbers to support the competing schools.

According to figures however, the school with the most die-hard supporters – those who came out to the competitions, rain, or shine over the two weeks in abundance – was St. John Catholic, who received EC $250.00 gift voucher for consistency in this regard.

Further, the winning school – St. Michael’s Primary – will benefit from a school enhancement initiative valued at EC $2,000.00.

Members of the Rotaract Club will perform the enhancement operation on December 6th, 2014, during the club’s 28th Charter Anniversary Week.

All participants also received a free goody bag with school supplies from Inet, Seven Seas, and Scotiabank at the end of the overall competition.

The Rotaract Club of Antigua organized the event in conjunction with title sponsor Inet, which is also funded by Queen Bee sponsors, Seven Seas, Scotiabank and newcomer to the event carpenter bee, the Global Bank of Commerce, sponsors for the spelling event.

The Rotaract Spelling Bee competition promotes literacy and helps students improve their spelling and vocabulary skills. Spellers are challenged to think under pressure and experience being in the spotlight.

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Bee Champs – UPDATED

Seven Seas via Frank B. Armstrong and the Rotaract Club have been teaming up for the past few years to sponsor a national Spelling Bee. I’ve been a fan from the beginning; it’s highly competitive and also a fun and challenging way of increasing the word power of our young people. So, as I do with many things literary (okay, so this is specifically related to literacy but…), I thought I’d add them to the gallery. I don’t remember all the names (sorry) but the smiling faces say it all I think. So, big up to the organizers of this event, the schools which help prepare the kids, the parents who support them, the public which has been turning out in great numbers for the finals, and the kids themselves.

First year’s winner Simeon Carter of Buckley’s Primary.

2008’s top three including, far left, Kirshian Francis of Grace Christian Academy who went on to a second place finish in Regional competition.

2009 winner, also of Grace Christian Academy, Shantel Williams, flanked by the runners up, hoisting her trophy.

2010 top three, from left Kyesha Kendall of Piggotts Primary, winner Tatyana Halley of New Winthorpes, and Brenstan Browne of St. Michael’s.

New Winthorpes Primary student Tatyana Halley, the 2010 national champion, pictured at Regionals.

These are the 10 semi-finalists of the 2012 season. The ultimate winner was Tehillah Jackson of St. John’s Catholic, making it two years in a row for the school.



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