“The Gleaner’s commitment speaks volumes of its stalwart contribution towards encouraging our nation’s young people raise their level of engagement and helping to give them exposure on to the international stage,” said Ambassador Marks.
She made the comments Friday morning in welcoming Deneiro Hines, Jamaica’s 12 year-old Spelling Bee entrant in the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition, to the Embassy in Washington, DC. His coach Errol Campbell, mother Carolyn Williams, and the Gleaner Company’s assistant manager for business development and marketing Terry-Anne Wilson, were also on hand.
The Ambassador also invited the Gleaner Company to partner with the Embassy to develop a programme for young people from Jamaica to visit the United States, as part of the 60th anniversary of the Spelling Bee Competition in Jamaica next year. The proposed programme would provide an opportunity for parish-level spelling bee winners to get overseas exposure.
Turning to Deneiro Hines, Ambassador Marks told him, “You are an ambassador for your country, we know you did your best and we are proud of you. She also congratulated him on being the champion of The Gleaner’s Children Owns All-Island Competition 2017, and had high praise for coach Campbell: “Jamaica is grateful for your contribution in the development of the Spelling Bee competition.”
Spelling Champion Deneiro Hines, who is from Glenmuir High School in Clarendon, said he “felt honored and proud to represent his country at this national Spelling Bee Competition and promises to do his country proud.”
For his part, coach Campbell said “he was gratified that his student was a part of the Spelling Bee program and that placing 41st out of 291 finalists is a significant achievement.”
Commenting, The Gleaner’s Terry-Anne Wilson noted how the spelling programme exposes students to the international arena. “Part of the Gleaner’s commitment is to continue to help Jamaica to develop good citizens and if we begin with the children by getting them involved in the Spelling Bee competition, we will develop children who will think and reason, and ultimately we will have a better country; and that is why the Gleaner continues to give solid support to the Spelling Bee competition.”
Held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington, the 2017 competition began May 31 and ended June 1 with 12 year-old Ananya Vinay, of Fresno, California, beating a field of champion spellers from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Department of Defense schools in Europe. Besides Jamaica, other countries that had sent contestants were the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Japan, and South Korea.
- Countries: Jamaica