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University student wins Gleaner's Interactive Speller Competition

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Nicohlene Bryan came home for a short vacation, not knowing that she would be among the top five winners of The Gleaner's Interactive Speller Competition.

The 21-year-old, who is studying accounting at the University of South Florida, said the competition was fun and contributed to her having a great holiday, after spelling the word F-I-S-S-I-P-A-R-O-U-S, which means inclined to cause or undergo division into separate parts or groups.

"I was flipping through the channels and I saw it (the competition), and I got some information on The Gleaner's website and I decided to do it. It's the Jamaican in me, I love to win things," she declared with a chuckle. "I've never really considered myself a good speller, but what I do know is that I've always had an interest in words, and it's something my mother always inculcated in me. Overall, it was a good experience, and this has contributed to a good vacation," she said. The other top winners were Samantha Steer, Corrett Watson, Tamar Thomas and Lorna Morrison, who were all included in the 18 persons who participated. Assistant manager, development and marketing, Terry-Anne Wilson said the competition is another avenue through which The Gleaner Company tries to be innovative.

"Overall, we are very happy with the turnout and the level of participation. In today's world, we have to do something that people like and something that they will gravitate to, and persons did respond," said Wilson.

She added: "The Gleaner has become a multimedia entity, and so when we started, it was with the intention of bringing spelling bee to our online viewers and it has been successful thus far. We are just trying to keep it fresh and interactive. We like to do things that are interesting that will brighten peoples' day."