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Jamaica's Ambassador to US welcomes Ja's spelling be champion


Washington DC - Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie has lauded the Gleaner Company for its tremendous support of the Spelling Bee Competition and the sponsorship of Jamaica’s entry into the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee Competition which concluded in Washington DC, last weekend.

In welcoming Jamaica’s spelling bee participant Christian Allen to the Embassy of Jamaica on Friday, May 31 The Ambassador said, “The commitment of the Gleaner to the development of our country’s youths speaks volumes”.

The Ambassador congratulated young Allen for being the Jamaica’s spelling bee champion, as well as the Jamaica’s representative at Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee Finals.

Ambassador Vasciannie noted Christian and all representatives in the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee from Jamaica were true ambassadors of the country. He, also, had high praises for coach, the Rev. Glen Archer who he said has become an icon in Jamaica and who has demonstrated, over the years, great commitment to the young people. For his part, young Christian Allen, said he felt honoured and proud to represent his country in the Scripps Competition.

The Gleaner’s Manager for its Business Development and Marketing Department, Mrs. Karin Cooper said, “The Gleaner’s continued effort to help Jamaica to develop good citizens, and if we begin by getting our children involved in the spelling bee competition, we will develop children who will think and reason and ultimately, we will have a better country.”

The Gleaner’s Spelling Bee Champion who paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Vasciannie was accompanied by his parents, Mr. Roger and Mrs. Daunette Allen, Coach, the Rev Glen Archer, team leader, the Gleaner’s Manager for Business Development and Marketing, Mrs. Karin Cooper.

Close to 300 competitors participated in the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition which was held in Washington DC, last weekend. Jamaica has been participation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 1957, and captured the title in 1998, when Jody Ann Maxwell won the coveted trophy for Jamaica.