Kerry-Ann Hepburn, Children's Own Coordinator
PORT ANTONIO, Portland:
RESERVED IN his manner, but confident in his diction, Rushawn Stewart of Titchfield High School walked away winner of the Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee trophy last week Tuesday at the new venue Hotel Tim Bamboo.
In a competition that has seen returning champions taking the parish finals, the spelldown was more of the same.
Stewart, who could be called a veteran at the bee, beat out 24 spellers, a relatively small group.
"We expected to win, however we never underestimated any school," said his coach, Chase Roberts, when asked about Rushawn's success.
As for his work ethic, Roberts only had good things to say.
"He is intrinsically motivated," he said.
Roberts said for the final event in February, there will not only be harder, but smarter work.
The 13-year-old said he was more excited about the national finals.
"I'm not sure how I feel, though this has been my fourth time [winning], but I am really excited this year, more than all the other years, this is my final year and I'd like to do the best I can at nationals."
This is Rushawn's fourth year as parish champion for Portland and representing Titchfield for the second time.
1. Rushawn Stewart, Titchfield High School.
2 Fendian Pollock, Boundbrook Primary School.
3. Gabrielle Buckley, Port Antonio Primary School.
4. Nickolai Roberts, Port Antonio Primary School.
5. Zaheer Parkes, Charles Town Primary School.
Fendian Pollock, Boundbrook Primary School.