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Yendi Blake wins Linstead Kiwanis Basic School Spelling Bee

Published:Friday | June 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Alicia Forrest,  Gleaner Writer

LINSTEAD, St Catherine:

B-I-S-C-U-I-T. THAT was the winning word for Yendi Blake, of the Eagles Preparatory School, in the Kiwanis Club of Linstead's Basic School Spelling Bee competition.

Twenty-eight children from 17 schools, between ages four and six years old, participated in the competition, which was celebrating its 10th year.

Monique Williams, teacher of Blake, said: "She is such a pleasure to work with. She is very bright."

Indeed, Yendi displayed the most poise and composure throughout the contest, and clearly enunciating while spelling.

Rounding out the top three spots were Zavannia Bailey of Little People in Training Basic School, and Mekealla Campbell of Adventist Basic School. Champion Boy was Kemoy Hall from Johnson's Basic School.

June Thompson, president designate, said: "The Bee is one of the Kiwanis club's initiatives to bolster support for early-childhood education, forge ties with the community of Linstead, and expose community members to the various kinds of projects we do."

Of important note is that two of the schools in the top three have been projects of the Kiwanis Club - Eagles Prep was the site of a one-day school gardening project recently, and Adventist Basic School was the club's Labour Day project, where painting was done.