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Second-time winner faced rigorous challenge

Published:Friday | October 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Kingston College’s Sowande Brown, Spelling Bee parish champion for Kingston.


1. Sowande Brown, Kingston College

2. Ajani McFarlane, Jessie Ripoll Primary

3. Ashleigh Jarrett, Wolmer's Preparatory

4. Jordan Wisdom, Mavisville Preparatory

5. Daniel Watkis, Wolmer's Preparatory

Top boy: Sowande Brown, Kingston College

Top girl: Ashleigh Jarrett, Wolmer's Preparatory

Winning word: M-A-N-U-M-I-S-S-I-O-N

Coach: Hanif Brown, Head Coach - Bee Spellers Coaching Programme

Number of spellers: 18

Sowande is not new to being a parish champion. He won for the parish of St Ann in 2014 when he attended Tomlinson's Christian Academy. The eighth grader explained that preparing for the parish final this time around was more challenging than the last. He started studying in May from anywhere between three to six hours, and shared that it was rigorous, but he is happy about the result. Thirteen-year-old Brown is a lover of cricket and plans to try out for his school as soon as possible, his hope to be a batsman for the team.

The Bee Spellers Coaching Programme had four spellers in the top five.

Sowande on winning: "I am really elated and I am happy to get this win, but I give it all to God, because He is the one that has caused this to happen."

Coach on winning: "This feels excellent! Above all else to God be the glory, all the time. The spellers came out, followed instructions they were given. The feeling is awesome."