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Glen Archer a coaching genius

Published:Monday | February 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of the Rev Glen Archer, the legendary Jamaica spelling bee coach, who died Sunday.

I first met Rev Archer in 1998 at the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. When I was editor of The Nassau Guardian, I introduced the Scripps Bee to The Bahamas, and 1998 was the first year we participated. Rev Archer was the coach that year of Jamaica's entrant in the Scripps competition, Jody-Anne Maxwell, who became the first student from the Caribbean to win the prestigious competition.

I remember very well how proud our Bahamian delegation was of Ms Maxwell's victory and celebrated it just as much as Jamaicans in the diaspora in the Washington, DC, area.

In successive years, Rev Archer demonstrated that he clearly was a coaching genius when it came to preparing Jamaican students for the Scripps competition, given the fact that Jamaica frequently ended up in the finals and on more than one occasion in the top five. May his soul rest in peace.


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