Eight local kids compete in provincial spelling bee
Eight young students from communities in the Trinity-Conception region took part in the regional qualifier for the 2011 Canspell National Spelling Bee, which took place March 5 at the Memorial University Reid Theatre in St. John’s.
David Green and Marissa Knee from Acreman Elementary in Dildo, Quintin Parsons and Jared Loder from Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts, Sydney Smith and Travis Barnes from St. Peter’s Elementary in Upper Island Cove, and Jason Remedios and Brandon Clarke from Whitbourne Elementary all took part in the event.
Remedios, a 10-year-old from Markland, made it to the fifth and final round of the competition, while schoolmate Clarke, an 11-year-old from Whitbourne, made it through to the second round.
Knee, a resident of Green’s Harbour, made it to third round, while fellow Green’s Harbour resident Green advanced to the second round. Acreman Elementary principal Patricia Collins Yetman says the two students thought it was a great experience.
Jennifer Mong from MacDonald Drive Junior High in St. John’s won the event, and will travel to Toronto later this month for the national spelling bee. A total of 59 students from grades 4 to 8 took part in the competition.
Jason Remedios (left) and Brandon Clarke