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Timeline: Glen the spelling archer

Published:Sunday | February 15, 2015 | 8:16 AM

Rev Glen Archer - a trained pastor, educator and coach is the most decorated Spelling Bee coach in Jamaica, having coached 26 national champions in The Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee competition.



He was also a teacher at Ardenne High School and guided their School’s Challenge Quiz team to four victories in the annual televised School’s Challenge Quiz competition.



Timeline: Rev Glen Archer - educator and coach



1965: Rev Archer who was attending Harbour View Primary, became champion boy for St Andrew in the parish finals of the Spelling bee Championships. He then placed sixth in the Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee.



1977: Glen Archer graduated summa cum laude from the Jamaica Theological Seminary and with a bachelor's in theology.



1978: Archer joined the teaching staff of Ardenne High School.



Ardenne High School.Ardenne High School.



1986: Coached Karla McNish of Ardenne High School in the all-island Spelling Bee Competition. She placed first in the national finals.



1987: Coached Garfield Grandison of Ardenne High School in the all-island Spelling Bee Competition. He placed first in the national finals.



1988:Coached Rusanna Roberts of Ardenne High School in the all-island Spelling Bee Competition. He placed first in the national finals.



1989: Coached Ludlow Hoilett of Ardenne High School in the all-island Spelling Bee Competition. He placed first in the national finals.



1990: Coached Janice Maxwell of Ardenne High School in the all-island Spelling Bee Competition. She placed first in the National finals.



1991: Rev Archer was the manager of Ardenne High School’s football team that won the Manning Cup Competition that year - its only lien on the prestigious Manning Cup and later that year, the Olivier Shield.



1993: After missing out on the National Spelling Bee Championship title for two consecutive years, Rev. Archer returned to the top position when his student, Charles Deans of Ardenne High School placed first in the national finals of the Spelling Bee Competition.



1994: Coached Shanna Ricketts of Ardenne High School in the all-island Spelling Bee Competition. She placed first in the National finals.



1995: Coached Orville Ramocan of Ardenne High School in the all-island Spelling Bee Competition. He placed first in the National finals.



1996: Rev. Archer coached Jason James of Ardenne High School in the all-island Spelling Bee Competition. He placed first in the National finals.



1997: Under Rev Archer’s tutelage, Jason James, represented Jamaica at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition held annually in Washington DC He was the first Jamaican entrant in the competition and placed eighth in the overseas competition.



Rev Archer had another Spelling Bee Champion in this year: under his tutelage, Jody-Anne Maxwell (then ten-years-old) of Ardenne Preparatory School, placed first in the national Spelling Bee finals.



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<br>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.<br />
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<br>Maxwell made history as the first non-American to win the prestigious competition. - file<br />
<br>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. - file



In this year, Rev Archer also coached and led Ardenne High School’s quiz team to victory in the annual televised Schools’ Challenge Quiz competition.



1998: This year probably marks the height of Rev Archer’s success as a Spelling Bee coach.



Under his tutelage and then a student of Ardenne High School, Jody-Anne Maxwell represented Jamaica at Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition and won.



Maxwell received local and international acclaim for making history in the competition and Rev Archer was etched in the minds of Jamaicans as the most successful Spelling Bee coach on the island.







Today Jody-Anne Maxwell is the only non-American to have the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition in the history of the competition and is Jamaica’s highest placed entrant to date.



SEE: Spelling Bee History



In this year, another of Rev Archer’s students, Kathryn Lewis of Ardenne High School placed first in Jamaica’s national Spelling Bee finals. She represented Jamaica at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition the following year under Rev Archer’s tutelage.



The Ardenne High School quiz team again won the School’s Challenge Quiz competition under Rev. Archer’s tutelage.



1999: Rev. Archer coached and led Romell Newby of Ardenne High School to victory in the national Spelling Bee Finals.



2000: Rev Archer’s student Rhea Brathwaite of Ardenne High School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition.



Rhea Braithwaite at the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee championship in June 2000.Rhea Braithwaite at the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee championship in June 2000.



Under Rev. Archer’s tutelage, Ardenne High’s quiz team again won the School’s Challenge quiz competition.



2001: Rev Archer’s student Daniel Thomas of Ardenne High School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition. He represented Jamaica at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition



2002: Rev Archer’s student Alicia Forrest of Ardenne High School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition. She represented Jamaica at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition



2003: Rev. Archer’s student Trudy-Ann McLearly of Ardenne High School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition. Trudy-Ann McLearly placed third at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition and placed third.



The Rev. Glen Archer (left), Daniel Thomas (centre) and Trudy-Anne McLeary in one of her study sessions the day before Trudy-Anne left for Washington to compete in the Scripps Howard.The Rev. Glen Archer (left), Daniel Thomas (centre) and Trudy-Anne McLeary in one of her study sessions the day before Trudy-Anne left for Washington to compete in the Scripps Howard.



2004: Cornel Gray- Rev. Archer’s student Cornel Gray of Portmore Missionary Preparatory School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition. He represented Jamaica at Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition



2005: Rev. Archer’s student Stacy-Ann Pearson of Ardenne High School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition. She represented Jamaica at Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition



2006: Rev. Archer’s student Rosanna Pike of Ardenne High School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition. She represented Jamaica at Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition.



2007: Rev. Archer’s student Regina Bish of Campion College won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition. She represented Jamaica at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition



2008: Rev Archer’s student Sade Dunbar of Immaculate Conception High School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition. She represented Jamaica at Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition.



2009: Rev Archer’s student Shari-jo Miller of Bishop Gibson High School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition.



The Gleaner's Children's Own National Spelling Bee Champion Shari-Jo Miller in practice with coach Reverend Glen Archer as they prepare for the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Washington, DC, May 26-28, 2009.The Gleaner's Children's Own National Spelling Bee Champion Shari-Jo Miller in practice with coach Reverend Glen Archer as they prepare for the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Washington, DC, May 26-28, 2009.



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This was Rev Archer’s 17th consecutive win as champion coach in the competition. Shari-jo represented Jamaica at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition.



2011: Rev Archer’s student Hanif Brown of Ardenne High School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition and represented Jamaica at Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition.



2013: Rev Archer’s student Christian Allen of Ardenne High School won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition and represented Jamaica at Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition.



The Ardenne High’s quiz team again won the School’s Challenge quiz competition, their fourth win under Rev. Archer’s tutelage.



2014: Rev Archer’s student Tajuan Jibbison of Knox College won the National finals of the Spelling Bee competition and represented Jamaica at Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Competition. He finished among the top ten competitors.



2015: Rev Archer was in hospital when his St Andrew Champion Sara-beth McPherson won the Spelling Bee finals in Kingston.

READ: Ailing Glen Archer Proud Of His 'Dolly'

However, Archer's former Spelling Champion Hanif Brown took over the reins and brought McPherson to glory.



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