ST JOHN’S, Antigua – For the first time, Mary E Pigott Primary School has emerged tops in the State Insurance National Spellbound Championship.
In a keenly contested encounter, the Mary E Pigott team came from behind to clinch the title over their opponents, Wesleyan Jr Academy.
Mary E Pigott was in early trouble after missing two words (10 points) in the first segment. Wesleyan Jr Academy started the contest confidently, but missed two words in the third segment, creating a tie going into the fourth and final segment – the State Insurance Spelling Challenge segment.
This segment was the favourite for both teams throughout the series. The Mary E Pigott team raced to 31 correctly spelled words in their one minute to Wesleyan’s 25 words in the same time.
At the end of the very exciting encounter, Mary E Pigott scored 102 to their opponents’ 90 points.
Education Officer, Education Broadcasting, Philip Lloyd described the 2012 series as successful. “I am very pleased with the performance of the students during this year’s series. All the teams were well prepared for their encounters. I hope that the students and teachers had a fun filled and rewarding experience.”
The series commenced with the zonal competitions in October 2011. The top four schools from each zone competed for the national title. Ronda Campbell (captain), Alicia Paul and standby members Trishoma Ainsworth, Sabina Rodriquez and Dymond Apple, represented Mary E. Pigott. Ajani Emile (captain), Laumeca Charles and Karenna Nicholson and standby members Ananza Warrick and Jeniece Harris represented the Wesleyan Jr. Academy. The Mary E Pigott team won an all expense trip of Barbuda.
The Freetown Primary and Sea View Academic Foundation will share the third place trophy. The individual championship and closing exercises will be staged shortly.
The Ministry of Education expresses heartfelt gratitude to State Insurance Corporation, A.S Bryden and Sons (Smalta), participating schools and ABS TV.