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Spelling Bee champions unwind at FDR

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 12:00 AM
The Gleaner’s Spelling Bee top spellers relaxing at the pool with FDR nanny Kamoy Brown.
Champion speller Darian Douglas and his coach, Errol Campbell, enjoy a game of pool.
Monopoly time with the help of nanny Kamoy Brown.


While champion girl and first runner-up Rhonoya Anderson splashed her feet in the pool at the Franklyn D. Resort in Runaway Bay, St Ann, on Saturday, champion speller Darian Douglas and Ashleigh Jarrett, third-place winner, showed off their swimming skills.

The three spent an enjoyable weekend at the hotel with their families, along with the champion coach, Errol Campbell, just two days after coming out on top in the rigorous 2019 edition of The Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee competition.

Darian, a student of Glenmuir High in Clarendon, Rhonoya, who attends Titchfield in Port Antonio, and Ashleigh, from Immaculate in the Corporate Area, had no shortage of fun as they made use of the facilities at the resort.

“We have so many fun activities for them to enjoy,” explained sales manager Trishawana Davidson. “There is the water slide, the beach, they can go kayaking, ride in the glass-bottom boat, and there is the game room, where they can play pool, table tennis, football, word games, and, of course, we have four restaurants they can choose from whenever they are ready to eat.”

Somewhat unfamiliar with the game of pool, the kids were given a crash course by Davidson, all in good fun.

Sherilla Gordon, marketing officer, The Gleaner Company Media Ltd, who accompanied the spellers, said that the children were deserving of the holiday after the hard work they did over the past week.

Davidson said that FDR was honoured to be treating the top spellers for yet another year.

Davidson said: “We are very honoured to be partnering with The Gleaner to host the top three spellers here at FDR. They’re all here with us having a wonderful time after a rigorous last few weeks in the Spelling Bee competition. We once again want to thank Gleaner for choosing us to be a part of their sponsorship and we look forward to continuing the partnership for years to come.”