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SPELLING BEE - Confident KC boy takes Kingston

Published:Saturday | September 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jehu Bent, the 2014 Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee winner for Kingston. - Ian Allen/Photographer

Kerry-Ann Hepburn, Children's Own Coordinator


"Your championship word is L-U-A-U" spell mistress Marlene Stephenson Dalley said to 12-year-old Jehu Bent of Kingston College. With a confident smile and the correct spelling, he proceeded to win the title of champion for the parish of Kingston, after a fierce battle with opponent Ravaughn Campbell of Wolmer's Boys School.

Bent, formally of McAuley Primary in St Catherine, entered the competition in 2012, placing fifth overall and did not compete last year. This year though, he said, was his for the win.

"This is my year. I wanted to compete last year, but I didn't want to ruin the boy's (last year's champion for St Catherine) chances," he said.

He told The Gleaner about studying for the parish finals. "I had to give up my summer holiday. Even at church, I'd be drumming with one hand and holding the dictionary with the other."

His father, Franklin, said he was very proud.

Bent's coach, Errol Campbell, said Jehu was a special child. "He is very good on etymology, roots and suffixes and he is able to use those tools to unlock words. So I am confident that he is going to do well come February (at the national finals."

"I am going to win," Bent said. He also had a message for his competitors. "Come with your best."

The parish finals for Kingston was held on Wednesday, September 24, at the Gleaner Company's Sports and Social Club.

  • Best of the Bee - Top Five in Kingston

1. Jehu Bent, Kingston College

2. Ravaughn Campbell, Wolmers Boys

3. Assana Thompson, Wolmers Prep

4. Julian Gordon, Maivisville Prep

5. Jaheim Bennett, St Andrew Primary

Top Boy: Jehu Bent, KC

Top Girl: Assana Thompson, Wolmers Prep

Winning Word: Luau