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'I feel elated', top speller says about her victory

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Anastasha stands proudly with her trophy.
From one champion to another. National Champion and now Chief Spellmaster of The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee Dr Clive Lai presents Anastasha Clarke with her trophy.
Ian Allen photo Anastasha has a strong support system.




Top Bees


1. Anastasha Clarke,

Unity Primary

2. Justyn Clarke,

New Horizon Preparatory

3. Tianarah Smith,

Petersfield Primary

4. Macada Isaacs,

Broughton Primary

5. Nathaniel Sinclair,

Broughton Primary

Top Boy: Justyn Clarke, New Horizon Preparatory

Top Girl: Anastasha Clarke, Unity Primary

Winning word:


Number of spellers: 62



About the champ


Anastasha is 11 years old. She started spelling when she was in grade three. Her teacher gave the word T-S-U-N-A-M-I to the class however, every student except Anastasha spelt it incorrectly. She breezed through the word and was awarded $200 and a recommendation to her current coach.

Studying for her parish finals was not without incident as she missed a week and a half of classes to go over the words. During the summer, however, she went to the library for classes and practice with her three other 'Bees'. Friday is the day they would set aside for spell-downs.

The 11-year-old loves to read, and her favourite books are the Nancy Drew series. She wanted to join the TVJ's Junior School Challenge Quiz this year, but her school didn't get past the first round.


Anastasha on winning


"I feel elated! At first, I was shocked and surprised, but I feel very happy within myself for getting a few of the big words. Now that I have won, I am encouraged."


Coach on winning


"Thank God! We've been working for this for years. We've had our programme

in place, but we've had

our challenges; we

conquered them."


Awesome Ana!


She's such a good sport. When she won, she had some words for the runner-up, "I told him no, its not over, he can still enter in high school, and he was very happy with it."