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Glen Archer honour award

Published:Tuesday | January 13, 2015 | 11:02 PM
Ian Allen/Staff Photographer Tajaun Gibbson, 2014 Spelling Bee winner, poses with his Coach Reverend Glen Archer
1998 Scripps Howard Spelling Bee Champion Jody-Anne Maxwell and coach Rev Glen Archer on their arrival in Jamaica after competing in the American National Spelling Bee Competition. Maxwell made history as the first non-American to win the prestigious competition.
Reverend Glen Archer
Ian Allen / Photographer Reverend Glen Archer lifts Gifton Wright in celebration after he won the 2012 Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee competition

A great coach should be an exceptional leader who has the ability to unify a group of players and make them committed to a single purpose.

It can?t be easy grooming young minds and keeping them focused on a specific task. However, the number speaks for itself. 25 national champions! That?s the measure of the man - educator and spelling bee coach the Reverend Glen Archer.

A demanding and meticulous coach, Archer has been preparing students for the gruelling Gleaner Children?s Own National Spelling Bee competition since 1986. He is known for promoting excellence and his ability to encourage hard work and a healthy competitive spirit in young Jamaicans. Like many other coaches, he has found a formula to get the best out of young people.

He has taken his programme up a notch each year; even summarising the Oxford 3,650-page dictionary down to 60 pages. Archer also continues to sow the seeds that have reaped numerous champions with the motivation to help students as a driving force.

historic scripps victory

Dubbed as ?Coach Midas?, one of his most outstanding achievements was in 1998 when he coached Jody-Anne Maxwell to a historic victory in the prestigious international Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee (now the Scripps National Spelling Bee) in the United States. Maxwell won the coveted trophy from nearly 300 competitors.

His recent success story was with Tajuan Gibbison, a student at the Knox College in Clarendon, who won The Gleaner?s Children?s Own Spelling Bee competition in February 2014. Gibbison then finished 10th out of 281 spellers at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in late May.

Archer is guided by the principles of hard work and continues to confound spellmasters. For the master himself, it must be a balancing act to identify the speller?s strength and encourage them to use it to their advantage.

For his continuous hard work in guiding and challenging young minds to be all that they can be, The Gleaner Company is proud to present Reverend Glen Archer with The Gleaner Special Honour Award for outstanding service to Education in 2014.