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Levaugn Gayle is champion speller 2018

Sunday, June 03, 2018

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The seven-letter word that evokes images of spewing lava currently threatening Hawaii was the one that brought Levaugn Gayle the win in Wednesday's Little Bee Competition.

The six-year-old, of Sandhurst Early Childhood Development Centre, correctly spelled “volcano” and beat a field of nine of his peers to snatch the 2018 title. He was also judged top boy.

Joshua Tyrell of Quest Preparatory placed second; Rolav Monteith of Providence Methodist Basic School was third; Liguanea Preparatory's Mykha Grey was fourth, and Stratton Early Childhood Development Centre's Rusheka Russell placed fifth. Russell, the only girl among the top finishers, was awarded top girl.

The other finalists were: Jacquan Lattiboduere of Elim Basic School, Sajanie Mitchell of Lalyce Gray Basic, Liam Massias of St Francis Primary and Infant, Liam Kai Roper of Sunrays Educational Centre, and Gabrielle Wellington of Sunrise Early Development Centre.

Little Bee is the signature project of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston.

“The children were all brilliant,” public relations officer Karen Tomlinson told the Jamaica Observer Thursday. “The competition went into 12 rounds before a winner could be chosen. Congratulations to all our children who participated, especially to the 10 finalists.”

Wednesday's finals, staged at Police Officer's Club on Hope Road, followed a spell-off in April in which 31 schools participated and from which the 10 finalists — seven boys and three girls — were selected.

Tomlinson explained that preparation booklets containing words and picture prompts were distributed to the schools at the competition launch back in March. She said the words were selected in collaboration with the Early Childhood Unit of the Ministry of Education to ensure that the appropriate level of difficulty was achieved.

“All the children in the schools could therefore benefit from the use of these booklets,” she said Thursday, adding that the goal of the competition is to improve the spelling and literacy skills of children in basic and preparatory schools.

The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston started Little Bee in 2002.

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