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Boys dominate Kiwanis Club of New Kingston spelldown

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Top-10 finalists pose with some of their many prizes. Kiwanians Marilyn Beckford (right) and president, Paulette Kirkland, join them.
President, Paulette Kirkland, hands the winner’s trophy to Dominic Goldson of Lalyce Gray Basic School.
Champion girl Lauren Campbell receives one of her prizes from Sandra Davis.

After a nail-biting contest among 10 Corporate Area basic schools, the curtain recently came down on the 15th annual finals of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston Little Bee Competition.

Traditionally, girls have dominated the competition with a 70:30 ratio of participants in the finals, but this year, for the first time, eight boys and two girls emerged.

The dominance of the boys continued to the end as the champion girl finished sixth overall.

One of the most impactful projects of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston, the Little Bee Spelling Competition is aimed at improving the spelling and literacy skills of four- and five-year-old children in basic schools.

The project was started in 2002 by the Young Children Priority Committee.




The number of schools participating has grown steadily over the years. In the first year, only six schools participated. This year, the competition started with 30 confirmed entrants/schools.

At the launch on March 22, booklets containing the pre-selected words and picture prompts were distributed to the schools for teachers to prepare the children for the competition. The words are selected in collaboration with the Early Childhood Unit of the Ministry of Education so that the appropriate level of efficiency is achieved.

All the children in the schools can, therefore, benefit from the use of these booklets.

During the early years of the competition, more than one representative was allowed from each school. However, each school now selects one child for the competition to allow for better control.


The top six


- First - Dominic Goldson (Champion Boy) from Lalyce Gray Basic School.

- Second - Javier Pryce from Jamaica House Basic School.

- Third - Khaleel Johnson Bartlett - Small Treasures Childcare Centre.

- Fourth - Jediah Douet from Riverton Meadows Early Childhood Institution.

- Fifth - Tais-Alexander Nelson from Providence Methodist Basic School.

- Sixth - Lauren Campbell (Champion Girl) from American International School of Kingston.