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St Andrew’s Sara-Beth McPherson is Spelling Bee Champion

Published:Wednesday | February 4, 2015 | 4:08 PM
A screen grab of Sara-Beth McPherson spelling her winning word.

St Andrew's Sara-Beth McPherson is The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee Champion for 2015.

She won after correctly spelling the word R-U-R-I-T-A-N-I-A-N ending a keen battle with Kingston College’s Jehu Bent.

R-U-R-I-T-A-N-I-A-N means relating to, or characteristic of romantic adventure or its setting.

A student of Holy Childhood High School, Sara-Beth first got a taste of Spelling bee victory when she entered and won the parish finals for St Andrew in 2014.

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McPherson was coached by Glen Archer.

She was thankful to Archer for his tutelage.

McPherson will now move on to represent Jamaica at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States.

WATCH: Sara-Beth McPherson (Feature)

The champion boy, Jehu Bent was happy with his champion boy title but was disappointed that he never went all the way.

WATCH: Jehu Bent (Feature)

"I still feel good about second," said Bent in an interview with TVJ's Dahlia Harris.

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Top seven spellers:

Britney Allen from deCarteret College - Manchester

Alliyah Deroux of Glen Stuart Primary - St Elizabeth

Jehu Bent of Kingston College - Kingston

Sara-Beth McPherson of Holy Childhood High - St Andrew

Greig Campbell of St Mary High School - St Mary

Sowande Brown from Tomlinson Christian Academy - St Ann

Jessica McKnight of Unity Primary School - Westmoreland

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