Kerry-Ann Hepburn, Children's Own Coordinator
"I AM exhilarated!" beamed Chaunte Blackwood, after it was revealed that she was the parish champion for Kingston.
The 10-year-old powerhouse has proved that lightning does strike in the same place twice, after winning the competition for her parish the second year in a row.
"Chaunte is part of a programme that is meticulous. What we are going to do now is groom her for nationals," coach Reverend Glen Archer said last Wednesday.
The day it seems belonged to the work of Archer, as the top-four spellers are all under his tutelage. This was Archer's second win for the day after capturing Clarendon.
Twenty-one students participated in the fourth spelldown at the Gleaner Company's Sports and Social Club last Wednesday. This is the 55th presentation of The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee. The national finals will be held next February.
Top Boy: Tashyn Wallace, Mavisville Preparatory School.
1. Chaunte Blackwood, Wolmer's Preparatory School.
2. Tashyn Wallace, Mavisville Preparatory School.
3. Ravaughn Campbell, Wolmer's High School for Boys.
4. Darren Wood, Kingston College.
5. Jodian Trevelen, Vaz Preparatory School.