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Spelling Bee | It was intense but worth it, says Karisse

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Karisse Seymour

Mandeville, Manchester:

Top Bees

1. Karisse Seymour, Bishop Gibson High

2. Macheda Myers, Knox Junior School

3. Thornton Dennis, deCarteret College

4. Dujonte Bryan, Bethany Primary

5. Makoto Lilly, Mount St Joseph Preparatory

Top Boy: Thornton Dennis, deCarteret College

Top Girl: Karisse Seymour, Bishop Gibson High

Winning word: D-E-S-U-E-T-U-D-E

Coach: Barrington Wilson

Number of spellers: 44

About the champ

Twelve-year-old Karisse Seymour said she started studying the book in July. Seymour admits that the process was both intense and a little stressful because instead of watching television or reading her favourite Nancy Drew books, she had to study spelling words.

She plays the piano very well and her favourite song to play is The Fairy's Harp. The grade seven student said she recently joined the Sign Language Club at school because she was interested in learning.

Barrington Wilson is not new to being the coach of a parish champion. He now has four parish championships under his belt, which includes his daughter, Drizel, who was last year's parish champion. Wilson had 10 spellers in the competition, with seven in the top 10.

Karisse on what makes her awesome

"I am awesome because I'm a very good speller."

Karisse on winning

"It feels very good."

Coach on winning

"I am elated! When I first approached the school about Karisse, they were hesitant. I convinced them, but I knew I had to put in the work. Her mom (Kareen Law) has worked with us assiduously, and she must be lauded. But I knew Karisse would win it."