Kerry-Ann Hepburn, Children's Own Coordinator
They say two is company, but not when you are the final two spellers and your aim is to be the parish champion for Kingston.
Spell-mates Jonah Wright of Kingston College and Chaunté Blackwood, of Wolmer's Prep, had the audience enthralled for about half an hour as neither wanted to concede.
Jonah, who is the brother of Kingston parish and national champion for 2011-2012, Gifton Wright, was the picture of calm as he presented himself to be an opponent to watch. But it was the pint-sized Chaunté who would come out the victor.
"It is a dream come true," she said before going on to tell The Gleaner what was going through her head when faced with the realisation that she could win.
Last year Chaunté placed second behind Gifton, a seasoned speller.
When asked about training this year compared to last, the nine-year-old said: "It was great, I had a lot of fun and I learnt a lot of new words."
The top two are coached by the Reverend Glen Archer, whose protégés have made him one of the top coaches in the history of the Spelling Bee. Wednesday would see Archer as champion coach in Clarendon and Kingston, respectively. His feelings about the day could only be summed up in one short phrase: "I am exhilarated, but humbled."
Asked about his expectation of Blackwood winning, Archer said: "We take nothing for granted and we never assume we are going to win."
Sixteen students representing Kingston lined up for Marlene Stephenson-Dalley in her second year as spell mistress. The competition was held on the grounds of The Gleaner Company.
1. Chaunté Blackwood - Wolmer's Prep
2. Jonah Wright - Kingston College
3. Antonio Douglas - St George's College
4. Tiana Scott - St Theresa Prep