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Spelling Bee | Tymari to put Hanover on the spelling map

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Tymari Allen of Claremont Primary is the 2018 Hanover champion in The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee.


Lucea, Hanover



Lucea Parish Church Hall


1. Tymari Allen, Claremont Primary

2. Demarle Mico, Green Island Primary

3. Sobrina Dawkins, Rusea's High

4. Leonardo McFarlene, March Town SDA Preparatory

5. Danique Daley, Green Island Primary

Top Boy: Demarle Mico, Green Island Primary

Top Girl: Tymari Allen, Claremont Primary

Winning word:


Coach: Michelle Bowen

Number of spellers: 24

Coach on winning: "I am ecstatic. I'm elated for Tymari. She has worked very hard along with the other coaches."

Her coach says Tymari is deserving of the win because she is dedicated. Her success is also as a result of the support of Trisan Brown, Shelly Cunningham, and Narval Hall,who is the school's principal, who helped to coach her.

Allen and her spellmate were given instructions before the summer to take them through the break, but when school reopened, the preparation became more intense.

When asked about nationals, Bowen said, "We are really confident we'll take it and put Hanover on the map."

Tymari is 10 years old and is in grade six. She is an active member of the choir, Brownies, and Culture Club at her school.

When she takes a break from reading, studying, and spelling, she is singing. Her favourite song is Take Me To The King by Tamela Mann. Medicine is in Tymari's future, as her ambition is to become a doctor.

Tymari on winning: "I feel great and thankful to God for this victory."