Spelling contest to boost self-esteem

June 24, 2016
Contributed Participants in the preliminary round of the YAA Spelling Bee competition that was held on June 4.

Several primary and secondary students living in east Kingston are preparing for a spelling bee competition being held tomorrow at Norman Gardens Primary School. The competition, which begins at 10 a.m., is the initiative of an east Kingston-based youth group, Young Achievers in action (YAA).

Twenty students will participate in the finals tomorrow, following the preliminary round of the YAA Spelling Bee competition that was held on June 4. The participating schools are Norman Gardens Primary, Windward Road Primary, Vaz Preparatory, Rollington Town Primary, Rennock Lodge Primary, Holy Rosary Primary, Camperdown High, Wolmer's High School for Girls, Vauxhall High, and Dunoon Technical High.

President of the YAA, Georgia Brown, says the competition targets inner-city students in an effort to break the stigma of failure placed on persons from these communities. She added that the main objective is to foster growth of self-esteem among the participants.

"The energy from the preliminary round was good, and so Saturday (tomorrow) promises to be great," Brown said. "The interest of the students is remarkable, and we look forward to it being bigger in the years to come. They are preparing at home, and some are being coached by their teachers at the different schools because at the end of the day, they are representing their schools."

When THE WEEKEND STAR contacted one of the participants, she explained that there is a challenge balancing exams and preparing for exams, but she has been managing well.

"From my point of view, I think this competition gives the youth in the inner-city a chance to prove that there is hope for better, and that better can come from the inner-city," the participant said.

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