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

Marissa Knee

David Green

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