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Winning better the second time around - St Thomas Bee champ

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Lando Fullerton of Morant Bay Primary School shows off his trophy after winning The Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee parish final for St Thomas on Monday.

Morant Bay, St Thomas:

This is Lando's second time winning for the parish. He won the title in 2015. Lando practised an hour each day.

He is preparing for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in March 2017 and wants to focus more on that, but was encouraged by his coach to continue with the Spelling Bee, as it would only make him better at preparing for the exam.

Lando enjoys playing football in his spare time and will turn 12 in October.

Coach: "Coaching Lando was harder this year because he wants to focus on GSAT, so I have to slip little GSAT lessons in with the spelling. I have to focus on both."

Coach on winning: "I'm glad he won. I didn't want anyone to beat him because he won last year and I know he has the ability."

Lando on winning: "I made history when I won last year, being the first one from my school, and this year I feel even better.

"It is so much harder preparing for Spelling Bee ... . because I have GSAT next year and I want to focus on that. I started preparing for Spelling Bee a little before the summer, but I know, going forward, it will be harder because it will be double work."

1. Lando Fullerton, Morant Bay Primary

2. Shoan-Hullee Cooper, White Horses Primary

3. Kyle Mignott, Providence Preparatory

4. Akaylia Fisher, Dalvey Primary

5. Dessania Matthews, Providence Preparatory

Top Boy: Lando Fullerton, Morant Bay Primary

Top Girl: Shoan-Hullee Cooper, White Horses Primary

Winning word: M-Y-T-H-I-C-A-L

Coach: Marcia Beckford, retired teacher.