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Ambassador lauds The Gleaner for Spelling Bee achievement

Published:Monday | June 3, 2013 | 7:07 PM


Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie, has lauded The Gleaner for its support of the National Spelling Bee Competition and the sponsorship of Jamaica’s entry into the Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition, which concluded in Washington last weekend.

Welcoming the country’s spelling bee participant, Christian Allen, to the Jamaican Embassy, the Ambassador said the commitment of The Gleaner to the development of the youth spoke volumes.

The Ambassador congratulated Allen for being Jamaica’s Spelling Bee champion, as well as the country’s representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals.

Vasciannie noted that Christian and all representatives in the Scripps Spelling Bee from Jamaica were true ambassadors of the country.

He also had high praise for coach, Reverend Glen Archer, who he said has demonstrated, over the years, great commitment to the young people.

For his part Christian said he felt honoured and proud to represent his country in the Scripps competition.

Christian was also accompanied by his parents, Roger and Daunette Allen; and The Gleaner’s Manager for the Business Development and Marketing Department, Karin Cooper.

Close to 300 competitors participated in the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition.

Jamaica has been participating in the competition since 1957, and captured the title in 1998, when Jody-Ann Maxwell won the coveted trophy.


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