Mixed emotions as Spelling Bee finals get underway
Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter
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.
MEET THE CONTESTANTS:
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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