Kerry-Ann Hepburn, Children's Own Coordinator
IF YOU'VE ever heard of a ding dong battle, well that's exactly what happened at the Lucea Parish Church Hall last Friday.
Jemoy Jarrett of Bethel Primary and Junior High School and Michael Griffiths representing Esher Primary School stood side by side, neither willing to concede the title of parish champion for The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee Championship.
From A-I-S-L-E to G-E-N-E-R-I-C, eight winning words thrown back and forth, as the audience waited with held breaths to see who would emerge victorious.
It was eight-year-old Jemoy who would emerge victorious with the word G-L-O-S-S-A-R-Y.
With tears in her eyes, mother of the champion, Kandice Jarrett, beamed, "Jemoy has a God-given talent, and he has been reading from the age of two. From grade one, he told me that he wanted to enter the Spelling Bee, and I've been working with him. So with God's help, he will reach further.
It was congratulations all around as guidance counsellor and co-coach Marcia Witter-Webster shared in the joy. "I have worked with him from grade one, and we saw in him the ability to go very far. So this is no surprise to us," she said.
The budding scientist, though not much of a talker, said he is very happy that he won.
"He is a steady worker. He is focused, and nothing distracts him. He is committed," added Kerry-Ann Campbell Matherson, co-coach.
This win, Jemoy's team agreed, is in honour of his father who has passed and was also a speller.
1. Jemoy Jarrett, Bethel Primary and Junior High School
2. Michael Griffiths, Esher Primary School
3. Marva Holness, Pondside Primary School
4. Jaheem Thomas, Hanover Preparatory School
5. Assemia Powell, Esher Primary School
Marva Holness, Pondside Primary School.