Destiny Seymour, an eighth grade student at Abaco Central High School, won the first place in a spelling Bee Contest that was held on November 2 at St Andrew Methodist Church, in Dundas Town. Twelve students from five local high schools – Abaco Central High School, St Francis de Sales Catholic School, SC Bootle High School, Horizon Academy and Moore’s Island All Age- entered the contest.
The students were first quizzed on words from a list that had been sent to their schools and were eliminated as they misspelled words. The remaining contestants were then asked to spell words from an unseen list.
Difficult or unusual words such as laloplegia, logorhea, Lyonaise alternated with easier words such as lullaby, lozenge, laceration or manifesto.
Destiny gave the correct spelling of over 55 words, altogether missing about ten; she had some difficulty with the words from the unseen list, some of them referring to medical terms.
She said that she was not familiar with words of Latin or French origin.
Three more ACH students, Cyniqua Newbold, Trimone Adderley and Inika Led entered the contest. They were accompanied by their English teacher and coach, Mrs. Andrea Robinson.
Abaco Central High School will hold the floating trophy until next year.
A Spelling Bee for seven graders will be held on November 23.