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In what is definitely a proud moment for all Jamaicans, a Glenmuir High School student, Darian Douglas, has successfully moved to the final of the Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, D.C., United States. Darian was the champion in the Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee contest held earlier this year.
Only Jamaican to Go Through
Darian is one among only 50 out of the 565 children who competed, to have been sent through to the next level, which is the final round. It is also to be noted that there were three other participants from the island but, they were unable to qualify for the final round. The three who could not make it are Titchfield High’s Rhonoya Anderson, Honey Advani of Heinz Simonitsch School and Ashleigh Jarrett of Immaculate Conception High.
More Details on the Spelling Bee Championship
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an annual fixture and the final is always held in Washington D.C. Though on paper, this is a national level competition in the US, it does attract students from other countries too, including Jamaica. There is an age restriction and a few other conditions that the participants have to follow. The age restriction is that the participants cannot be over the age of 14 years as on August 31, the previous year. This means for a participant to be eligible to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2019, the boy or girl should not have crossed the age of 14 years as on August 31, 2018. In addition, they should not have passed the 8th grade of school as of the month of February of the year the competition is held.
The competition has been televised live on ESPN over the past several years.