Alliyah Deroux of Glen Stuart Primary was crowned parish champion at yesterday's 55th renewal of The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee Competition at the St Michael's Anglican Church Hall in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth.
Deroux was engaged in a nail-biting battle to the tape with Daniel Harrison of Munro College, who, like last year, finished second best.
Deroux claimed the title of parish champion with the word B-E-N-E-F-A-C-T-R-E-S-S.
"I prayed for it and I got it," she said with pride as she held her trophy to her chest.
Forty-nine students representing 26 schools came out for yesterday's competition.
1. Alliyah Deroux, Glen Stuart Primary
2. Daniel Harrison, Munro College
3. Osanjo Brooks, Burnt Savannah Primary
4. Shanqain Miles, Glen Stuart Primary
5. Demeica Ferron, Black River High
Top Boy: Daniel Harrison, Munro College