Jemoy Jarrett reclaims his Hanover title
Kerry-Ann Hepburn, Children's Own Coordinator
Lucea, Hanover: It was no surprise when defending champion Jemoy Jarrett reclaimed his title for the parish of Hanover. The morning saw 25 students from 12 schools lined up for spell mistress Marline Stephenson Dalley at the Lucea Parish Church Hall on Friday, October 3.
After seven rounds of spelling, the top five were decided when champion girl Latoya Walker of Gurney's Mountain Primary left the spell down in sixth place, leaving all boys. This is the second time this year that only boys were left standing.
Two more rounds down and the top three - Manzar Khan, Hanover Prep; Roshaun Daniel, Pondside Primary; and Jemoy Jarrett, Bethel Primary and Junior High - were so much more closer to the title. But with experience under his belt, it was Jemoy Jarrett again for the win.
"I feel happy and excited!" said the champion boy when he spoke to The Gleaner about his win. "I worked harder this year and I knew I could win." Jarrett said he started studying right after the national finals this year.
His mother, Candice Jarrett, is overjoyed about her son reclaiming his title. "I owe it all to God," she said. She also had more to say. "He has been very determined that he would win, and I just want to thank the Lord and his coach and even Jemoy for all the hard work."
Though his coach and vice-principal, Beverly Williams, could not attend, supporters and principal Fabian Ford were there to support Jemoy.
"I was totally elated, and I was totally confident that he would pull it off again," said Ford. He also boasts that Jarrett is a focused young man and is confident that he will do well at nationals. "I'm confident that he'll pull it off. I'm sure before he finishes school, he will be the national champion."
The nine-year-old is no stranger to participating in competitions. He was a finalist in the National Reading competition last year.
Best of the BEE
1. Jemoy Jarrett, Bethel Primary and Junior High
2. Roshaun Daniel, Pondside Primary
3. Manzar Khan, Hanover Prep
4. Jordayne Scarlett, Claremont All-Age
5. Dimario Banton, Reading Prep
Top Boy: Jemoy Jarrett, Bethel Primary and Junior High
Top Girl: Latoya Walker, Gurney's Mount Primary