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Let the spelling begin!

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMKerry-ann Hepburn

The first week of The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee competition kicks off today in St Thomas at the Morant Bay Parish Church at noon. The parish finals will be held in each parish starting today and culminating on Friday, October 6, in St Andrew at the St Andrew Parish Church Hall.

This year, more than 600 students have registered so far to be part of the 59th staging of the competition, making this year's competition one of the biggest in recent times. All competitors harbour hopes of becoming the parish champion, who will move on to the national finals and follow in the footsteps of the likes of past winners Hanif Brown, Chaunte Blackwood, and Deneiro Hines and many others who have represented Jamaica internationally.

The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee is open to all Jamaican students under the age of 14 who would not have passed grade eight by August 30, 2018, and who have not sat any external examination that would matriculate them higher than said grade. The national finals take place in February of next year.