2016 Spelling Bee winners D’Shenay Gayle (first place), Suhani Nathumal (second place) and Dhiren Punjabi (third place).
PHILIPSBURG–Another summer vacation has ended and while the pupils are settling back into the classroom, some pupils ages 9-10 years are preparing for the Scotiabank Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee, which main organiser Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle has been planning for the last ten months. Scotiabank is the main sponsor of the Spelling Bee.
The event will start with the preliminaries on Sunday, October 15, and the 10 winners of the preliminaries will head into the semi-finals on Sunday, October 22. The five winners of the semi-finals will head to the finals on Sunday, October 29.
All three events are being held at the Belair Community Centre. Rotary Mid Isle and the Sunrise Rotaract Club encourage all parents, family, friends and the public to come out and support the contestants. There will be a prize for the school with the best crowd of supporters. Food and drinks will be available for the children during the breaks.
As in previous years, participating schools will benefit from the Spelling Bee by being able to submit wish lists for items they may need. In previous years wish list items have included projectors, screens, computers, etc. All participants will receive goody bags, while winning pupils and schools receive additional prizes.
For the second year participants will have the benefit of four tutorial sessions being held at University of St. Martin (USM) on Saturday, September 23 and 30, and October 7 and 13.
Last year’s finalists were asked for their comments on the Spelling Bee and their comments ranged from “It was good” and “It was fun,” to “It was a lot of words,” “I learnt many words” and “There was a lot of studying that had to be done.”