BELAIR–Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle hosted the semi-finals of the fifth Scotiabank Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee this past Sunday. In the Preliminary Round the participants had to write the selected words, but this week at the semi-finals, they were required to stand in front of the audience and the judges and speak into the microphone with their selected word.
The 10 semi-finalists representing six schools were Yaashoda Sanchara of Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School, Nasya Gayle of Methodist Agogic Centre (MAC) Rev. John A. Gumbs Campus, Nihal Chugani of St. Dominic Primary School, Khushi Soneji of MAC Browlia F. Maillard Campus, Sameer Chatani of St. Maarten Seventh-Day Adventist School and Mikage Dorecelus of Ruby Labega Primary School, and from Anguilla, Tamara Hall-Sampson, Jayda Adams, Zakkai Lake and Ayana Carty.
The judges were introduced: moderator Rhoda Arrindell, head judge Rotary Club president Denise Antrobus, judges Rotarian Davy Moree, Rotarian Reena Manek, logistics tech Theodore Wilson and timekeeper Rotarian Aernout Kraaijeveld.
The St. Maarten song was sung by Spelling Bee chairperson Grace Linger.
Each participant had to spell 20 words – 10 words per round with a 10-minute break in between; each word was worth five points. At the end of the semi-finals there was no tie, but it was a tight finish.
Heading to the finals representing three St. Maarten schools are Nasya Gayle, Mikage Dorcelus and Sameer Chatani, and from the Anguilla schools Zakkai Lake and Ayana Carty.
The finals will be held at the Belair Community Centre on Sunday, October 28, starting at 1:00pm, and everyone attending is requested to be on time. Participants are asked to arrive by 12:00 noon.
Family, friends, classmates and teachers are invited to come out to support and cheer on the five finalists, as there will be a prize for the school with the largest number of supporters. There is also a 40-inch TV being raffled, and if you have bought a ticket(s), the drawing will take place on the final day of the Spelling Bee and patrons have to be present to win.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/81917-five-move-on-to-final-spelling-bee-round