Students and staff at the Knox College in Christiana, Manchester are still beaming with pride following Tajaun Gibbison’s performance in the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals recently held in the United States . He finished in the top ten.
The 13-year-old who was the only foreign national to make it to the final incorrectly spelt the word chartula during the 8th round of the competition held in Washington DC last evening.
The championship was won by two boys New Yorker 14-year-old Sri-ram Hathwar 14 and 13-year-old Texan Ansun Sujoe.
Acting Vice Principal of Knox College Omar Smith says though Tajaun did not win the competition, he represented the school and Jamaica very well.
He says it was a feeling of jubilation across the school campus this morning.
Mr Smith says preparations are being made for celebratory activities upon Tajaun’s return.
The only international winner in the competition’s history is Jamaican Jody-Anne Maxwell, who won in 1998, at the age of 12.
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