MONTEGO BAY, St James:
UNDER A cloud-filled sky and scattered showers, Keshawn McGrath of Corinaldi Avenue Primary School, with hands lifted to the heavens, emerged victorious with the word V-A-L-E-D-I-C-T-O-R-I-A-N during The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee competition.
The event was held last week Thursday at Hollis Peter Lynch Building.
It would seem that the winning word is what best describes Keshawn as his coach, Carletta Robinson sees him as the ultimate scholar.
When asked about Keshawn's success she told The Gleaner that it was expected. "We have been working from March and we went on through the summer. I am elated! The school hasn't won in years and I'm sure our principal Mr Dawes, will be so proud."
The 10-year-old, who surprised the crowd with his win, beat out 42 school champions from 22 schools. "I feel glorious! I knew I would win," Keshawn told The Gleaner.
His mother, Heather Henry-McGrath, one of his biggest supporters, speaks of her son with pride. "I am speechless. Being a single parent it was very difficult, but hard work really paid off today."
Keshawn is trodding the same road taken by his brother, Carl McGrath when he took the parish title in 2006. It was also the last time Corinaldi Avenue Primary School won.
1 Keshawn McGrath, Corinaldi Avenue Primary School.
2 Patricia Brissett, Johns Hall Primary School.
3. Uchenna Njoku, Mount Alvernia Preparatory School.
4 Janelle Moodie, Barracks Road Primary School.
5. Alex Persaud, Eber Preparatory School.
Patricia Brissett, Johns Hall Primary School.