Shauna Taylor takes St Thomas Bee
Kerry-Ann Hepburn, Children's Own Coordinator
Morant Bay, St Thomas: In a parish where Middleton Primary has dominated for two years in a row, the title was snatched by Shauna Taylor of Airy Castle Primary. She is now the 2014 parish champion and will represent St Thomas at the National Championship in February next year.
While it would seem that Taylor had an easy task as there was no defending champion for the parish, the other students rounding out the top five gave her a fight for the top spot. But the 10-year-old said she was confident she would win.
"I feel happy that I won," Taylor said.
Taylor thanks her coaches, Sterling Wynter and Dawn Graham. Though unable to make it to the spell down, she says they played a major part in the process. "My teachers told me to study all the time, and I did," she states. "I couldn't sleep at nights. I study all the time. Even when I was in class, I was studying. That's how I knew I would win."
It seems the formula for title taking is at Airy Castle as spell mate Zaire Scott took the top spot for champion boy when Dalmar White of Lyssons Primary dropped out and took fifth.
Zaire says he doesn't know how to explain his feelings about being champion boy but is excited that his school came out on top.
"I'm glad that my school won top boy and top girl," Scott said. "It feels good."
Twenty-nine students from 17 schools lined up for spell-mistress Marlene Stephenson Dalley at the Morant Bay Parish Church Hall on Monday, September 29.
Best of the BEE St. Thomas
1. Shauna Taylor, Airy Castle Primary
2. Chantai Williams, Port Maria Primary and Junior High
3. Chriss-Ann Pryce, Lyssons Primary
4. Zaire Scott, Airy Castle Primary
5. Dalmar White, Lyssons Primary
Top Boy: Zaire Scott, Airy Castle Primary
Top Girl: Shauna Taylor, Airy Castle Primary