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PHOTOS: Clarendon's Tajaun Gibbison wins Spelling Bee

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2014 | 3:46 PM

Clarendon's Tajaun Gibbison is the 2014 Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee Champion.

He won after correctly spelling the word H-Y-P-O-G-E-U-S-I-A.

Hypogeusia means a reduced ability to taste things.

A student of Knox College, Tajaun first got a taste of Spelling bee victory when he entered and won the parish finals for Manchester in 2011.

But this time around, the seasoned Bee copped the top prize in fine style, telling the judges and spellmaster, Dr Clive Lai, the meaning of the winning with a smile on his face.

Gibbison's coach, Reverend Glen Archer, said he expected this outcome as the second form student remained focus throughout his training.

"He has an eye for meticulousness," Archer said.

"He doesn't look at a word, he tries to understand a word."

Archer also described Gibbison as a "coach's dream".

Meanwhile, Gibbison says he is now going to begin his preparation for the Scripps National Bee in Washington DC in May.

"We go on a more rough and tough programme," he said.

Asked, by television broadcaster, Paula-Ann Porter Jones, if there was anything that he was a little worried about moving on to the Scripps stage, Gibbison responded: "No miss, I am very prepared for this."

Top five Spellers:

1. Tajaun Gibbison- Clarendon

2. Chaunte Blackwood (Champion Girl)- Kingston

3. Javane Johnson- St Catherine

4. Lariecia Harvey- Trelawny

5. Joshua Grant- St Andrew


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