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Glenmuir High School's Deneiro Hines wins National Spelling Bee

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 7:24 PM
National Spelling Bee Champion Deneiro Hines (centre) is flanked by first runner-up, Assana Thompson (left) and Windel Martin second-up.
National Spelling Bee Champion Deneiro Hines (right) celebrates his win with Christopher Barnes.

First form Glenmuir High School student Deneiro Hines is the 58th National Spelling Bee Champion.

The 12-year-old Clarendon high school student, coached by Errol Campbell, topped the Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee Competition after correctly spelling  E-P-A-N-A-L-E-P-S-I-S.

First runner-up, Assana Thompson of Campion College, in St Andrew, gave her best shot but could not out spell Hines.

IN PHOTO: Assana Thompson

St Catherine's Windel Martin, of Jose Marti Technical, placed third in the contest.

Speaking to The Gleaner about the triumph, Hines said: "I'm just happy right now. I've gotten a lot of support from my friends, my mother who stayed up with me at nights and my coach is wonderful".