Since 2004, National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) Spelling Bee championship has been won by a woman. That trend was broken by one of Trelawny’s own, in the person of Lenworth Wright.
From the Jamaica Observer:
TRELAWNY resident Lenworth Wright, 63, earlier this month became the first male to win the 2016 National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) Spelling Bee championship since its inception in 2004.
The final, held at the St Andrew Parish Church hall, saw Wright topping 13 other finalists after correctly spelling the word “liaise”.
Second place went to Stephanie Taylor of St Thomas, while Sylveena Smith from Clarendon took third.
Seventy-six-year-old Sheila Kerr, who represented St Andrew and placed 12th, was the oldest competitor.
Wright told JIS News that he was encouraged to enter this year’s competition by a relative, and commenced preparations in July.
He intimated his love for spelling, a passion he has had since childhood. He pointed out that in school, “I was always a top speller.” Wright said, based on this and his preparations, he was confident of winning.
“What I did was to write all the words from A-Z in a book and I completed about three to four books, and after that I was ready,” he said.
Wright said he appreciated the NCSC’s work in keeping its members active and engaged, and urged more men to join the organisation.