( L - R ) Grant and Parkinson
It was a day of second chances yesterday in the Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee competition.
In Trelawny, Oshane Grant of First Hill All-Age, was on the brink of defeat, but Samantha Wickie of Holland High could not spell n-i-n-e-t-i-e-t-h which Oshane also missed. The duel continued between them and eventually Oshane spelled p-e-t-r-o-l-e-u-m after Samantha missed p-e-s-t-l-e. Oshane was relieved after the contest.
"I finished third last year, but I was very confident, I was willing to win and I worked very hard," he said. His teacher Tanya Brown-Plumber, who is on maternity leave, came just for the spelling to see her student triumph. Oshane was the only boy in the top five with third going to Shanice Gallimore of Dennis Tobin Preparatory, fourth to Kellicia Phillips of Wakefield All-Age and fifth to Ruggena McPherson of First Hill All-Age.
In the afternoon contest in Montego Bay, Karee Parkinson of Hemmingay Preparatory had a chance to better Danielle Dwyer of Catherine Hall Primary but could not spell g-l-u-t-t-o-n-o-u-s. A few words later however, she correctly spelled h-a-e-m-o-g-l-o-b-i-n to be victorious.
"I thought I was going to lose. But when I got haemoglobin, I knew the word and with God's help, I spelled it and I won," she said afterwards. Third went to Champion Boy Akwayne Sylvester of Spot Valley High School, fourth to Joy Odusanya of Albion Primary and Junior High and fifth to Brittany McIntosh of Howard Cooke Primary.
Students from Hanover and Westmoreland will spell today.