Rajive's fifth time the charm
Spanish Town, St Catherine:
1. Rajive Campbell, St Jago High
2. Israel Burnett, McAuley Primary
3. Peter-John Murray, Hydel High
4.Chrishawn Green, Naggo Head Primary
5. Armani Dyer, Home Schooled
Top boy: Rajive Campbell, St Jago High
Top girl: Britania Pearson, Greater Portmore Primary
Winning word: V-E-N-A-L
Coach: Gifton Wright Jnr
Number of spellers: 59
About the champ
This is Rajive's fifth time entering the competition and his first win. At the spelldown last year, he missed out on the top ten when he was eliminated in 11th place.
He has been preparing for over a year, and his parents supported him through it all. He shares that he missed having fun over the summer, but he wanted to win, so he made sure to put in the work, which he says is the reason for his win.
The 12-year-old is in grade eight and is a part of the Music and Quiz Clubs at his school. He likes to read, play football and video games. His favourite video game is FIFA 16. Though he says he is not a comedian, he loves to make people laugh.
Rajive on winning
"I feel good because I was working very hard and I didn't want to lose."
Coach on winning
"I am surprised, because this is my first time coaching. But I knew he had the drive and the spirit."
Wright Jnr is not a stranger to the competition as he was parish champion for Kingston in 2012, and represented Jamaica at the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee Competition (now Scripps National Spelling Bee), where he finished 4th.