Bee teaches dis­ci­pline, says St An­drew champ

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPCIAL -

1. Je­moy Jar­rett, Bethel Pri­mary and Ju­nior High 2. Dele­cia James, Green Is­land Pri­mary 3. Pe­dro Amoros Cli­ment, Hanover Prepara­tory 4. Darenique Barnes, Hanover Prepara­tory 5. Bri­anna Wil­son, Clare­mont All-Age Top Boy: Je­moy Jar­rett, Bethel Pri­mary and Ju­nior High Top Girl: Dele­cia James, Green Is­land Pri­mary Win­ning word: M-A-S-C-U-L-IN-I-T-Y Coach: Bev­erly Wil­liams Num­ber of spell­ers: 22 Je­moy Jar­rett, of Bethel Pri­mary and Ju­nior High, is The Gleaner’s Chil­dren’s Own Spell­ing Bee cham­pion for Hanover. ASSANA’S PER­SON­AL­ITY shines through when she spells. After getting a word, and ask­ing all the ap­pro­pri­ate ques­tions of the spell­mas­ter, she closes her eyes and goes through her process, which in­cludes tap­ping her right foot 12 times be­fore spell­ing the word.

The 11-year-old, who is just in her first year at Cam­pion Col­lege, ex­plains that pre­par­ing for parish fi­nals this year was eas­ier be­cause she had the ex­pe­ri­ence from last year. Thomp­son isn’t new to be­ing a parish cham­pion as she won last year for the parish of Kingston when she at­tended Wolmer’s Prepara­tory School.

She en­joys read­ing and admits that she had not read any books lately be­cause she has been study­ing since the na­tional fi­nals of this year. Her favourite book, how­ever, is Dork Di­aries, which is a se­ries of 11 books so far.

Assana on win­ning: “I am very proud of my­self. First of all, I’d like to thank God be­cause through Christ, all things are pos­si­ble; my par­ents for help­ing me; my coach; my train­ing part­ners – ev­ery­one who, ba­si­cally, helped me to get to where I am now”

She added: “It’s a very good ex­pe­ri­ence [the Spell­ing Bee]. It not only teaches you words, but dis­ci­pline.” As­sanna Thomp­son from Cam­pion Col­lege cel­e­brates with the Spell­ing Bee tro­phy after win­ning the cham­pi­onship for St An­drew.

PHOTOS BY IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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