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Jun 3, 2011

Coca Cola Spelling bee Champs spell their way to victory

Today the buzz in Cayo was about the bee, the spelling bee that is. The finals for the annual contest sponsored by Coca Cola took place at the countryside park in Spanish Lookout. The new national speller, Jaren Young, a standard five student at St. John Vianney claimed the title this afternoon when he out-spelled eleven other students. The seventeenth installation of the competition, dubbed one of the most anticipated events of the year lived up to its coca- cola taste and colors. Our News Five team went west to meet the country’s brightest primary school spellers.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

When he wasn’t being a good student acing tests, eleven year old Jaren Young, the 2011 Coca-Cola Spelling Bee Champ was studying words in the dictionary and executing his strategy to ensure that he spells his way to the title:

Jaren Young, 2011 Spelling Bee Champ

Jaren Young

“I felt really exciting, I felt eclectic, I felt really good.”

Andrea Polanco

“So, when you were up here you expected to win today?”

Jaren Young

“Yes I expected to win because I felt that I prepared enough so I prepared enough to win. I had to go in dictionaries and find many words, search the internet. I found very interesting words.”

Dorita Arnold

Dorita Arnold, Standard V Teacher

“Helping Jaren was very easy; he is an exceptional student who is motivated, worthy of the title. He studies a lot and does very well in class. We work together sometimes at school and I also assist him by getting him the list of different words, Latin words from the internet and he studies on his own and it was easy preparing him.”

Jaren Young

“I umm I just broke it into syllables so that I can get the word correctly that’s all I did.”

And most of us wouldn’t be able to spell some of those words, a sentiment shared by the President of Bowen & Bowen.

Andrea Polanco

“What are your thoughts on the finals that we’re seeing here today?”

Michael Bowen, President, Bowen & Bowen

Michael Bowen

“It’s actually little embarrassing because I hear the words I don’t think I can spell them myself. So I’m very impressed by watching them and how much composure the kids have up on the stage.”

And those same difficult words were spelled by the students, when all of them advanced to the reserve round, a first in the history of the bee:

David Craig

David Craig, Sales & Marketing Manager, Bowen & Bowen Ltd.

“Today for the first time twelve out of twelve kids went on to the reserve rounds. For me this is barometer of the level of preparation that the students are doing themselves along with their teachers, their principals because it is a team that helps to get these children up here and to create winners. It was a very close contest—you saw all the foreign words that kept coming up. I kept watching the kids on stage and I know that some of them knew the words that they did not get but it was a wonderful contest today and I believe that the people listening came away with a whole bunch of new words plus their meaning and use in a sentence.”

Though they were well prepared, the second and third place winners, did not expect to do so well.

Justin Milligan, 3rd Place Winner

Justin Milligan

“I feel good, I feel very good.”

Andrea Polanco

“How you mih feel when you deh up pahn dah stage?”

Justin Milligan

“I feel a little nervous.”

Andrea Polanco

“When you gone eena di reserve round you expect fih mi come een third?”

Justin Milligan

“No ma’am.”

Andrea Polanco

“Jessica, how are you feeling right now? You’re the second place winner of the National Coca Cola Spelling Bee?”

Jessica Montepeque

Jessica Montepeque, 2nd Place Winner

“Good.”

Andrea Polanco

“Were you nervous at all when you were up there this morning?”

Jessica Montepeque

“A lee bit.”

Andrea Polanco

“How did you prepare for the National Coca Cola Spelling Bee?”

Jessica Montepeque

“I studied a lot at home that help.”

Andrea Polanco

“So did you expect to be named the second place winner today?”

Jessica Montepeque

“No.”

The Spelling Bee continues to serve its purpose which was manifested in a hotly contested championship today:

Michael Bowen

“Well it’s in the support of education, it’s one of the things my dad felt strongly about and I’m very proud to continue on after seventeen years with the Coca-Cola Spelling Bee. It’s nice to see how this thing has grown and we continue to grow with the event and look forward to see where this will go in the future.”

David Craig

“Their performance was incredible. We went all the way to the seventh or eight round and sometimes going that far that shows how well prepared they are. They got some words that were very, very difficult. Even that last word, M-O-U-E, she had to battle it out. It was a French word, very difficult, but she eventually put it through.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

The participating schools also designed banners portraying their interpretation and support of the National Coca-Cola Spelling Bee, which was won by La Immaculada R.C, and Santa Clara San Roman R.C respectively.

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Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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