PORT MARIA, St Mary:
AFTER TWO days of rain, flooded roadways and poor turnout, St Mary brought the sun as well as the numbers last Wednesday.
The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee parish finals saw 57 spellers lined up for spell-mistress Marlene Stephen-son Dalley at the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
While it was a morning of firsts for some, others had a comprehensive understanding of the way of the bee. Eight-year-old Rochane Stewart of Oracabessa Primary School entered the bee for the first time in 2012 at the age of seven, one of the youngest participants for the parish.
Stewart proved to be better with the experience garnered from last year, as the youngster placed 12th after the rounds, an improvement from his placement of 22nd the year before.
Another first timer, Shanelle Stephenson also of Oracabessa Primary School, gave defending champion Greig Campbell a run for the title as she bravely stood shoulder to shoulder with the Castleton Primary School veteran. Greig has been competing in the bee for more than three years and his experience is what won him his second parish title.
"I feel great!" said Greig when asked how he felt about his win. "When I spelt L-I-Q-U-O-R, incorrectly, I thought I had lost and I was praying that she [Shanelle] would get the word wrong."
Supporter Lorraine Bryan is overly excited and elated at Greig's success. His coach Nordia Bulhai was not able to attend the spelldown.
Campbell, a football player, plays defence and is a part of the team that won the Lime Football parish championship earlier this year.
1 Greig Campbell, Castleton Primary and Junior High School.
2 Shanelle Stephenson,
Oracabessa Primary School.
3 Mackayre Lewis, St Cyprian's PreparatorySchool.
4 Chanella Coburn, Endfield Primary and Junior High School.
5 Lauryn Hall, Highgate Primary School.
Shanelle Stephenson, Oraca-bessa Primary School.