The Lew 1 Shipping 2017 Inter-High School Spelling Bee was held at the H.J. Robinson High School Auditorium on Tuesday 23rd May, 2017.  Thirteen [13] schools participated in this year’s event and special welcome was extended to Elite High School, TCI Middle School, Wesley Methodist School and Champions for Christ School of Excellence.
Zobreann Brown , British West Indies Collegiate, Coach: Ms. Haleigh Merrill

Zobreann Brown , British West Indies Collegiate, Coach: Ms. Haleigh Merrill

The participating schools and their representatives were:

Zobreann Brown , British West Indies Collegiate, Coach: Ms. Haleigh Merrill
Asia Thompson, Champions for Christ, Coach: Ms. Toret Peters
Roulanda Sejour, Clement Howell High School, Coach: Mr. Philip Monroe
Emiliana Saint-Vil, Elite High School    , Coach: Mrs. Marilyn Jackson
Danae Dennie, H. J. Robinson High School , Coach: Ms. Pamella Spence
Oprah Inusah, Holy Family Academy, Coach: Mrs. Youki Osborne-Jackson
Michaella  Achille ,Long Bay High School , Coach: Mrs. Beverly Reid
Jabrielle Williams, Maranatha Academy , Coach: Mrs. Noelle Brown
Leshante Cox, Marjorie Basden High School,  Coach: Ms. D’andra Elliott
Kishuanna   Williams, Raymond Gardiner High School, Coach : Ms. Simone Daley-Missick
Lauwens Sainte Juste, TCIPS Comprehensive High, Coach: Ms. Mahalia Minott
Wendana Rolle, TCI Middle School, Coach: Adrian Stroet
Iranik  Taylor, Wesley Methodist School, Coach:  Mrs. Cynthia Forbes

The excitement of being on Grand Turk for the Spelling Bee precipitated a photograph to capture the occasion for posterity.  The Bee was last held on Grand Turk in 2008.  The Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services, Hon. Josephine Connolly, was present to share this historic occasion with the participants and their coaches.
The participants came prepared to win. By the end of Round thirteen (13), seven (7) contestants remained causing the organizers to suspend the Bee for the day to conclude in a Finals scheduled for Friday, 2nd June, 2017 on Providenciales. The following students advanced to the finals:
Zobreann Brown [BWIC]
Asia Thompson  [CFC]
Roulanda Sejour[CHHS]
Jabrielle Williams  [MHS]
Michaella Achille [LBHS]
Danae Dennie [HJRHS]
Iranik Taylor [WMS]
The Finals commenced at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, 2nd June at the Conference Room of the Airport Inn.  The expectations were very high and the competition continued.  After four (4) grueling rounds, the judges were able to declare the winners of the 2017 Spelling Bee:
1st   Place Zobreann Brown [BWIC]           141  pts.
2nd  Place Michaella Achille [LBHS]             123   pts.
3rd  Place Roulanda Sejour  [CHHS]           114  pts.
3rd  Place Asia Thompson  [CFC]       114  pts.
The Department of Education congratulates this year’s spelling bee participants and encourage our boys to participate next year.  We extend congratulations to Zobreann, the 2017 winner, for also amassing the most bonus points.
Attractive prizes were awarded including tablets for all participants as well as the I-pad 3 for first place and  a Zeus tablet for second place, all donated by Lew 1 Shipping.  In addition, there was a plethora of other attractive prizes including tours, dining at exquisite restaurants as well as gift certificates.
The Education Department hereby thanks Lew 1 Shipping for the continued collaboration and their strong commitment over the years to the Inter-High School Spelling Bee. Sincerest appreciation is also due to our other sponsors including Baci Ristorante; Caicos Dream Tours; FLOW, Graceway IGA, Island Vibes and Inter-Caribbean Airways.
FILE NOTE: Zobreann Brown was the Top Performing Student in the Grade Six Achievement Test in 2014.
Mr. David Bowen
High School Spelling Bee Coordinator
Government Press Office
Waterloo Road, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands
Tel: (649) 338-3924/ 338-3925, Ext: 3924/3925