Timaurie Burnette, a Grade 5 student at T. N. Kirnon Primary School, emerged winner of the 2019 Inet-Rotaract Spelling Bee competition.
According to a release from the Rotaract Club of Antigua, Burnette beat four other participants in nearly two hours and as many rounds of intense competition at the finals held on January 26 at the Precision Centre.
The two other male students who completed the winner’s circle were Andreas Pereira of Grace Christian Academy Primary School in second place, and Tajorn Seaman of Pigotts Primary School who came third.
St. Michael’s Primary School’s Tiara Floyde and Freetown Primary‘s Kendra Nathaniel were the fourth and fifth placed respectively.
This year’s Rotaract Club of Antigua Spelling Bee featured students from over 19 private and public schools across the country, including the Holy Trinity Primary School from the sister isle of Barbuda.
The five finalists were selected from 10 slots in the semi-finals which were held on January 19.
“We are extremely proud of these students and ask that the Antiguan Community join us in congratulating Timaurie Burnette, Andreas Pereira and Tajorn Seaman for representing their schools well,” Community Service Director of the Rotaract Club of Antigua Ti-anna Harris said.
Burnette’s prizes were a laptop computer with a laptop bag and printer; one year’s free internet and a tablet, compliments APUA-Inet; $1,500 Junior Savings Account, compliments Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank (ECAB); Haliborange Vitamins package, compliments Seven Seas (Frank B Armstrong); goody hamper, compliments Smalta, Holiday Snacks, Bermudez (A.S. Brydens); a book package from Collins Publishers; and a trophy.
Meantime, Pereira was awarded a tablet along with six months’ free internet, compliments APUA-Inet; $1,000 Savings Account, compliments Scotiabank; Haliborange vitamins package, compliments Seven Seas (Frank B Armstrong); goody hamper, compliments Smalta, Holiday snacks, Bermudez (A.S. Brydens); a book package from Collins Publishers; and a trophy.
Pigotts Primary’s Tajorn Seaman received three months’ free internet and a tablet, compliments APUA Inet; a $500 savings account, compliments Scotiabank; Haliborange vitamins package, compliments Seven Seas (Frank B Armstrong); $500 worth of school supplies; goody hamper, compliments Smalta, Holiday snacks, Bermudez (A.S. Brydens); a book package from Collins Publishers; and a trophy.
The winning school – T. N. Kirnon Primary – will benefit from a school enhancement initiative valued at EC $2,500.00, which the members of the Rotaract Club of Antigua will carry out during the year.
All participants also received a free goodie bag with school supplies from Scotiabank, Collins Publishing and ECAB at the end of the overall competition.
The Rotaract Club of Antigua organised the event in conjunction with title sponsor APUA Inet, and impactful contributions by Queen Bee sponsors Scotiabank, ECAB, Global Bank of Commerce; Honey Bee sponsors Frank B Armstrong (Icool, Haliborange, Seven Seas, and Butterkist Biscuits), and Collins Publishers; Carpenter Bee sponsors A.S. Brydens (Bermudez, Holiday Snacks, Soldanza, Nestle and Smalta).
Club president Rickisha Terry said, “This is an
event we look forward to every year. The ability of these students is amazing and the Spelling Bee celebrates a unique kind of academic talent. I’m glad we have the opportunity to highlight and reward academic study this way.”
The Rotaract Club of Antigua Spelling Bee competition promotes literacy and helps students improve their spelling and vocabulary skills. Spellers are challenged to think under pressure and experience being in the spotlight.