Trishelle James from St Patrick’s Anglican School in Tobago is the winner of the Peppy’s Spelling Bee competition.
Beating 16 other finalists to make it into the winner’s circle, it was an emotional moment for James and her family. The nine-year-old could not hold back the tears as she hugged her mother at the end of the competition held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain on June 17.
An elated James said she felt good about winning and is pleased to take the trophy home to Tobago.
Her mother, Lystra Rollocks said, “I am extremely proud of her. Trishelle is a child always willing to learn.”
But the competition was not an easy feat for the youngster. Apart from battling some nerves, James, like her peers, also had to battle with the cold environment due to the air-conditioned auditorium at NAPA). Despite wearing a jacket on James’ voice was hoarse throughout the competition.
Round after round went by and after 13 rounds, James emerged as the only pupil without a misspelt word when she correctly spelt “insinuate”.
Second place went to Seraya Charan from San Fernando TML and third was Sierra Ramlakhan from St Peter’s Private Primary School in Point-a-Pierre.
Speaking with the Express after the competition, Charan said she was pleased with her performance and thanked her parents who were very supportive throughout the various stages of the competition.
Ramlakhan thanked her teacher, Shanty Dass assisting her with revision preparation for the competition.
James won a Kindle Fire, a trophy and an all-expense paid weekend for four in Trinidad. Charan won a Kindle Fire, trophy and a plaque. Ramlakhan received an Acer tablet, trophy and a plaque.
Peppy’s National Spelling Bee celebrated its seventh year having begun in 2007, with the idea to find an avenue to actively engage pupils in a fun and educational way. In so doing, Flavorite Foods Limited teamed up with Sandee Communications in an effort to give back to the national community in a positive way.
One of the aims of the competition is to improve and advance the skills associated with good spelling habits.
The competition which was keenly contested amongst 17 finalists from the eight educational districts throughout Trinidad and Tobago was the culmination of a nine month programme, which spanned 500 primary schools and touched over 15,000 Standard Three pupils.
The Spelling Bee runs as a roving weekly park travelling across Trinidad and Tobago throughout the school term (September - May) which in addition to the competition, features Peppy bouncy castles, a talent segment, an arts and craft palette stick competition, interactive video games and Flavorite refreshments all in an effort to provide a wholesome experience for all pupils in attendance.