Shaunti Reid of Ulster Spring Primary is the 2016 Spelling Bee champion for Trelawny. Shaunti defeated a field of 16 competitors to lift the Gleaner Trophy.
Shaunti’s winning word was the relatively simple: E-F-F-E-C-T-I-V-E-L-Y.
The 10-year old will represent Trelawny against the other parishes in the grand final in Kingston.
From The Gleaner:
Shaunti was coached by her father, Rainford Reid, who is a teacher and her mother, Mary Reid, who is from India and isn’t a fluent speaker of the language. She loves English, mathematics, geography and science. She is a part of the environmental club. She loves playing the keyboard, she has been playing for two years and her favourite song to play is the Pink Panther theme song. She is 10 years old and is in grade six.
Shaunti on winning: “I was so excited! My father, my mom, friends and family encouraged me and I just want to thank them for all that they’ve done for me. I knew I could do it. I always win.”
Mother (coach): “I was full of confidence that she was going to win, because she always wins in school competitions.”
1. Shaunti Reid, Ulster Spring Primary
2. Condoleezza Davis, Holland High
3. Tatiana Gill, Granville Primary
4. Shanae Jones, Wakefield Primary
5. Mickahlia Hylton, Duanvale Primary
Top Boy: Nathaniel Wallace, Refuge Primary
Top Girl: Shaunti Reid, Ulster Spring Primary
Winning word: E-F-F-E-C-T-I-V-E-L-Y
Coach: Mary and Rainford Reid
Number of spellers: 16
Source: The Gleaner.