Sun | Nov 17, 2019

Manchester’s Drizel sends warning to other parish champions

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:13 AM
Drizel Wilson is congratulated by her father and coach, Barrington Wilson, shortly after she won The Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee championship for the parish of Manchester yesterday.
Drizel Wilson is congratulated by her father and coach, Barrington Wilson, shortly after she won The Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee championship for the parish of Manchester yesterday.

Mandeville, Manchester:

Top 5

1. ↓Drizel Wilson, Manchester High

2. ↓Dominic Mitchell, Manchester High

3. ↓Taevion Morgan, El Instituto de Mandevilla

4. ↓Siri Numsum, Belair Preparatory

5. ↓Cerina Scott, Mandeville Primary

Top Boy: Dominic Mitchell, Manchester High

Top Girl: Drizel Wilson, Manchester High

Winning word: Q-U-I-X-O-T-I-C

Coach: Barrington Wilson

Number of spellers: 32

Drizel on winning: “I feel very elated and proud of myself, and I am glad that I made my family, my school, my friends and classmates proud.”

Drizel thinks this is the year she will dominate the national championship.

“I think I can take nationals because I have the patience, the stability and the knowledge to win,” she said yesterday after coming out on top in the Manchester spelldown.

Drizel to the other parish finalists: “Start packing your bags because I’m coming to win!”

Facts about Drizel:

– She is coached by her father Barrington Wilson.

– She first entered the competition when she was six years old, when she placed sixth.

– She was parish champion in 2016.

– She is 13 years old and in grade eight.

– She loves to listen to music.

– Her favourite song is Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars.

– Her favourite television show is SpongeBob SquarePants.

– She is part of the 4-H Club at Manchester High.

– This is Drizel’s final chance to participate in the Bee.

Barrington Wilson is not new to being the coach of a parish champion. He has now six parish championship titles under his belt, two of which belong to his daughter, Drizel.

Coach on winning: “I’m thrilled! This one is most meaningful to me – my daughter’s win. I regard it as that which has saved my honour. I prayed and asked the Lord to give my daughter another chance, and I am happy that the Lord has answered.”