‘I am so proud of my­self’ Rhonoya An­der­son wins in Port­land

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE NINE-YEAR-OLD is in grade five. She likes to study, but she en­joys play­ing hop­scotch, skip, and she loves to read. She says it was her love for words that led her to want to be a speller. Her favourite book is Good Morn­ing, Go­ril­las by Mary Pope Os­bourne. She is also a mem­ber of five clubs at her school: the 4-H Club, the Brown­ies Club, the Singing Club, the Speech Club, and the Spell­ing Club, for which she is the cap­tain. Her ca­reer in spell­ing started when she was in grade two.

She is the mid­dle child of three girls. Her older sis­ter is ill and in the hos­pi­tal, and she was wor­ried that she would not be able to come and see her spell to­day. Her sis­ter, though out of hos­pi­tal, still could not make it to see her spell, so Rhonoya was de­ter­mined to win for her. Her younger sis­ter is six years old and wants to be a speller, too.

Rhonoya, on win­ning: “I feel elated. I am so proud of my­self. I just want to thank my mom and my grand­mother, my coach, and my sis­ters as well, and my dad and friends for sup­port­ing me. “

Rhonoya: “I study with Miss Scott. She has helped me along the way, and when I am home, my mom would help me study.

“For na­tion­als, I’m go­ing to have to study harder be­cause I know it’s go­ing to be a big com­pe­ti­tion, and this means a lot to me. The easy part about na­tion­als is that I’ve been there be­fore, and my ex­pe­ri­ence will make me bet­ter.”

Joy Thomp­son, coach: “It was ex­pected. She has been work­ing and work­ing hard and she’s a very ded­i­cated and de­ter­mined stu­dent.”

Coach on na­tion­als: “The prepa­ra­tion for na­tion­als has to be dif­fer­ent be­cause last year we did not win, so we haven’t change our strat­egy.

“Rhonoya was dev­as­tated last year when she didn’t come in the top three, which was her goal, Rhonoya An­der­son of the Nor­wich Pri­mary School.

1. Rhonoya An­der­son, Nor­wich Pri­mary 2. Kiephe Wig­nal, Bos­ton Pri­mary 3. Vasean Valen­tine, Buff Bay Pri­mary 4. Day­nia Deans, Non­such Pri­mary 5. Meli­cia Parker, Man­chioneal All-Age

Top Boy: Kiephe Wig­nal, Bos­ton Pri­mary Top Girl: Rhonoya An­der­son, Nor­wich Pri­mary Win­ning word: G-R-A-T-I-F-Y-I-N-G-L-Y Coach: Joy Thomp­son, grade six teacher.

so I know for this year, she will be putting out more.”

Cisele Hol­gate-An­der­son (mother): “I am elated she won. I was quite ner­vous at first, but I knew that she would do it be­cause she works very hard. I work with her and I push her. I’m a mother that doesn’t give up on her chil­dren.”

IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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