Kerry-Ann Hepburn, Children's Own Coordinator
Spanish Town, St Catherine:
JAVANE JOHNSON, who participated in The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee Competition three times, walked away with the top prize for St Catherine this year.
Javane had competed in 2010, placing second, and achieved third place in 2011.
The 13-year-old admits that studying for the competition is hard.
"I have to go through two big dictionaries every day, but this is my final year, and I am glad I won," he told The Gleaner.
Coach of the top two and the fourth-place spellers, Errol Campbell, is elated at the performance of his students. "We have worked assiduously and the work has paid off," he said.
This is the second time that Campbell has coached the top-two spellers in the parish.
1. Javane Johnson, St Catherine High
2. Janelle Howitt, McAuley Primary
3. Michael Baton, Portmore Missionary Prep
4. Jaheim Ward, McAuley Primary
5. Ashley Thompson, Friendship Primary