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Bee teaches discipline, says St Andrew champ

Published:Monday | October 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Assana Thompson from Campion College celebrates with the Spelling Bee trophy after winning the championship for St Andrew.

Half-Way Tree, St Andrew:

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."