‘I feel re­ally good’

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL -

WEST­MORE­LAND:

1. Robyn Wil­liams, New Hori­zon Prepara­tory

2. Le­shauna James, Unity Prepara­tory

3. Justyn Clarke, New Hori­zon Prepara­tory

4. Daniel Wat­son, New Hori­zon Prepara­tory

5. Tian­drah Smith, Peters­field Pri­mary

Top boy: Justyn Clarke, New Hori­zon Prepara­tory

Top girl: Robyn Wil­liams, New Hori­zon Prepara­tory

Win­ning word: N-U-M-I-S-MA-T-I-C-S

Coach: Adrian McDon­ald Win­ner: “I feel re­ally good.” Coach about pre­par­ing for parish fi­nals: “I’m just com­ing back. I un­der­stand that I don’t have the same rap­port I had with the stu­dents with the spell­ing bee book, so to some ex­tent, I did more than I’ve ever done in the past.”

Ten-year-old Robyn is in grade six. She is also part of her Brown­ies. She ad­mit­ted that she knew the book, and that she started on words in the dic­tionary just this Septem­ber. She stud­ied with her coach over the sum­mer twice per week.

Coach McDon­ald has been away for some time, but is happy that he has a cham­pion.

He re­called a con­ver­sa­tion the late Rev Glen Archer had with him in 2012. Archer told him his prepa­ra­tion com­ing to the parish fi­nals should be at the na­tional level and he has kept that with him, he said.

IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Robyn Wil­liams of New Hori­zon Prepara­tory School, the 2016 Spell­ing Bee cham­pion for West­more­land.

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