Kerry-Ann Hepburn, Gleaner Writer
Port Antonio, Portland
Rushawn Stewart has been crowned Portland parish champion of The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee.
Stewart, 13, who won two parish titles while a student of Norwich Primary School, on Tuesday stepped up to register a three-peat during the competition at the Port Antonio Baptist Church.
He topped 38 other spellers on his way to winning the crown.
"I had a dream about winning, but I didn't expect it to happen," Stewart told The Gleaner.
Eyes set on nationals
With another parish title in the bag, Stewart has set his sights firmly on performing well at the nationals.
"Last year, I placed sixth and I was just happy and honoured to represent my parish. Next year, with God's help, I will be placed in a better position," Stewart said.
His mother, Denise Martin, who is also his coach, reacted to his success saying: "I feel so blessed."
In the meantime, The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee parish championship trophy for Portland has retired to Norwich Primary School. Trophies are normally retired after there are no slots on which to engrave the name of other winners.
On Tuesday, the Stewart locked horns with Gabrielle Kerr of his alma mater. However, Kerr, who emerged as top girl, was unable to keep pace with Stewart, who secured victory with the word R-E-S-I-N.
1. Rushawn Stewart - Titchfield High
2. Gabrielle Kerr - Norwich Primary
3. Carl Frankin - Norwich Primary
4. Renae Thibaud - Fair Prospect High
5. Sue-Hanna Parkes - Port Antonio Primary
Gabrielle Kerr - Norwich Primary