On Wednesday, September 23rd, 10 year-old Natahlia Miller of Hague Primary and Infant School, repeated as champion in the Gleaner Trelawny Spelling Bee competition.
Natahlia won last year as a 9 year-old but failed to make the top ten in the all-island national competition. She is therefore seeking to better last year’s performance and go all the way. Speaking to the Gleaner about her preparation for nationals, Natahlia said: “I think it requires us now to have no weekends and sleepless nights, and seek help from those who have more experience. I think it requires more dictionary search and more help from the Internet, of course.”
This year, she says her competitors in the Trelawny parish competition were more prepared: “I felt more pressure this year, because last year, no one was looking for the nine-year-old to win. But they saw how I won, so I think they were prepared.”
Natahlia Miller won the competition held at the St Peter’s Anglican Church Hall in Falmouth, by spelling the word “INTRINSIC.”
Michael Gordon, also of Hague Primary, placed 9th in the competition. Congratulations to Natahlia, trainers: Tashikia Sinclair and Roseanne Hutchinson, Principal Dameian Elvin and the 1108 other students of Hague Primary.
Here are the Top 5 placers in the competition:
1. Natahlia Miller, Hague Primary
2. Brianna Robinson, William KnibbMemorial High
3. Julian Isaacs, William Knibb Memorial High
4. Shamoya Black, Hampden Primary and Junior High
5. Rayanna Watson, Refuge Primary