Basseterre, St. Kitts - Ms Micahiah Cranston outlasted her 17 other competitors to emerge the champion of the Rotary Club of Liamuiga's 2014 Primary School Spelling Bee competition. The 10 year old champion speller is a grade 5 student at the Dieppe Bay Primary School.
The annual spelling bee was held at the ECCB Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium on Thursday October 23, 2014. Each year the Rotary Club of Liamuiga hosts a Primary School Spelling Bee competition for students ages 9-11 as part of its youth development program.
In his opening remarks, Minister of Education, Hon. Nigel Carty lauded the Club for their efforts in youth development and education and commended the students for their participation in the Spelling Bee competition. Minister Carty said “Great spellers make great communicators and by extension great leaders”.
Micahiah’s road to victory was not an easy one as she progressed from the first level of the competition to the top ten. Following a few rounds of elimination spelling, the competition was down to two (2) spellers, Michaiah and Mr. Jahaziel Davis of the Joshua Obadiah Primary School. After several tense rounds of excellent spelling, Micahiah was able to triumph.
All spellers received Rotary Club of Liamuiga certificates of participation and, refreshments and goodie bags compliments of RAMS through their brands Seven Seas and Sun Top. The top ten spellers also each received gift vouchers compliments of TDC Ltd. The Spelling Bee champ Micahiah received a Samsung Tablet valued at over EC$1700.00 and EC$1000.00 cash. The winning school Dieppe Bay Primary received $1000.00 cash and the teacher who worked along with Micahiah, Mrs. Jacqueline Douglas received cash of $500.00.
The Rotary Club of Liamuiga sincerely thanks its partners in service; RAMS agents for Seven Seas and Sun Top, Royal Bank of Canada, TDC Ltd, St. Kitts Bottling Company Limited, Warner’s One Stop, Vanguard Media Dzynz, Freedom FM and St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority for their contribution.  The Rotary Club of Liamuiga also extends gratitude to the Ministry of Education, Principal and Teachers of the 18 participating primary Schools, and members of the community who with their assistance and support made this youth service event a success.