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Mixed emotions as Spelling Bee finals get underway

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2014 | 11:30 AM

Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

From nervousness to elation, there were mixed emotions this morning as the 14 parish finalists of The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee competition prepared for the grand event now underway at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

For the youngest finalist, eight-year-old Jemoy Jarrett, representing the parish Hanover, is a great achievement.

Kingston's Chaunte Blackwood, is hoping that the experience gained from her previous stint in the competition will land her a spot in the top three, this time around.

"I am feeling blessed to be here and nervous at the same time but I am hoping to make to the top three," the 10-year-old stated.

St Ann's Sydonie Bell, who undertook last minute preparations this morning, said she was experiencing a wave of emotions.

"I am nervous and excited at the same time!" the 11-year-old exclaimed.

The finalists - nine boys and five girls - say they have all been putting in the work with their coaches over the last few months with hopes of representing Jamaica at this year's staging of Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in the United States.


Jemoy Jarrett - Hanover

Rushawn Stewart - Portland

Aliyah Deroux - St Elizabeth

Javane Johnson - St Catherine

Ojea Sheckleford - Manchester

Joshua Grant- St Andrew

Tajaun Gibbison - Clarendon

Chaunte Blackwood - Kingston

Nickalia Weise - St Thomas

Grieg Campbell - St Mary

Sydonie Bell - St Ann

Lariecia Harvey - Trelawny

Keshawn McGrath - St James

Racleo Clarke - Westmoreland


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