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TEN STUDENTS TO VIE FOR ROTARACT SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday 6th October 2012
 
The 6th annual Seven Seas-Rotaract spelling bee competition has begun. Over twenty proficient grade five spellers accepted the challenge last Saturday morning at the Precision Centre where they were faced with over 20 complex words from various categories. This year’s competition featured for the first time in its history, a contestant from Barbuda.

The judges awarded one speller with a perfect score while a few others, who managed to easily earn their place in the semi-final round, secured nearly perfect numbers.

Unfortunately, the competition only allows for the top ten out of the initial 20 spellers to advance to the second of three rounds. And among the survivors is the Freetown Primary whose brilliant speller endured two tiebreaker rounds to secure the semi-final spot. 

Contestants spelled the twenty words and earned one point for each correct spelling, and the ten with the combined highest points advanced to the bee’s semi-final round, judges explained.

Moderating the event was linguist Ms. Gina Phillip and preliminary judges President Phillip Harris and Treasurer, Adekunle Osoba from the Rotary Club of Antigua as well as Anthea Jenkins-Browne from the Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown. 


 
The ten spellers that have advanced to the semi final of the Seven Seas-Rotaract Spelling Bee are St. Michael’s Primary; Danelle Doorgen, Greenbay Primary; Sheheema Carbon, Gray's Crescent Primary; D'jorne Davis, Willikies Primary; Supriya Singh, Freetown Primary; Ann-Tonya Marie Gomes, Grace Christian Academy; Silicia King, St. John's Catholic; Tehilla Jackson, T.N. Kirnon; Karrel Simon, Bethesda Primary; Jahnique Williams and Five Islands Primary; Norissa Ryan.
 
The spellers are aged between 9 to 11-years-old and will take the stage of the Seven Seas-Rotaract Spelling Bee on October 13th at the Precision Centre at 10:00 am. However at this stage, there will be no pencil and paper but instead a microphone through which they will spell the words aloud.

At the conclusion of the semi-final round those who advance the finals will have the opportunity to vie for the winning top prize of a laptop computer, a printer, one year of Internet service courtesy LIME and trophy. The second placed speller will receive a Kindle Fire, a Scotia Bank Junior Savings account credited with EC$1,000, a matching trophy, and EC$500 worth of school supplies.

The third place finisher takes away a EC$500 credited Scotia Bank Junior Savings account with matching trophy.

The winning school will also get a facelift valued at EC$2500, including lunch benches courtesy the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank (ECAB) and umbrellas courtesy of LIME and more.

All 20 spelling participants will also receive a free goodie bag with school supplies from Seven Seas at the end of the overall competition.

Queen Bee sponsors, Frank B. Armstrong, ECAB, LIME and Scotia Bank sponsor the spelling event. Carpenter Bees Ovaltine and Ribena joined with newcomers such as the Observer Media Group (OMG) and the Antigua & Barbuda Broadcasting Services (ABS).


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