Ever since sponsor bees officially started on February 1st, the feeling of bee fever seems to be escalating. The Jamaican national spelling champion was crowned just yesterday (http://gleaner-ja.com/gleaner/20110203/lead/lead1.html). What an exciting moment for Hanif Brown, who is one of the first to earn a spot to compete at the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee!! Jamaican champions have typically done well at Scripps, an example being Jody Ann Maxwell, who won the championship in 1998.
In the recent past, Scripps has issued speller numbers based on the state and sponsor the spellers represent. Being a Kansan, Kavya was always seated right next to the Jamaican champion. Also, as parents, we have had the opportunity to be seated next to the family and coach of the Jamaican contender. If I remember correctly, during all of the four years that Kavya participated, Jamaican spelling champions qualified beyond the preliminary rounds. We have had the opportunity to meet with Rev. Archer, who has coached most (that I can recall) of the spelling champions from Jamaica. If you have watched the national spelling bee, you may have noticed the respectful and distinctive style of queries that the Jamaican champions have directed towards Dr. Bailly (Official Pronouncer at the Scripps National Spelling Bee).
I wish Hanif the very best at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee!
Here is another speller who is in my pool of favorites, and I anticipate for her to do well this year. Grace Remmer was very impressive last year, despite it being her first time on the national stage. With a year of experience behind her, and another year of maturity, she is definitely one of the spellers who will make an impact at the 2011 Scripps spelling bee. She recently advanced to the regional level competition. http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2011-01-27/spelling-bee-champion-st-johns-w-i-n-n-e-r-second-year-row
More on how to prepare for spelling bees in my next blog………….