With the correct spelling of the word "sycophant," 12-year-old Antonio Sho of Maya Mopan
Community School in the Stann Creek district won the 2001 Coca-Cola National Spelling
Bee, held at the Belize City Center last Friday, May 11. The diminutive standard V student
named his spelling coach Adolfo Tush to receive the teacher's prize.

The second prize was won by 11-year-old Luenda Escalante of La Inmaculada Roman
Catholic School in Orange Walk Town. Her designated teacher-coach Marla Urbina also
received a prize. Both first and second place winners won state of the art computers with
printers and other accessories, but Sho also won a computer for his school in Maya Mopan
Village. Included with the computer prizes were various levels of free Internet access,
through an agreement between Bowen & Bowen Ltd. and the Belize Telecommunications

Stann Creek students excelled this year, as Melissa Coleman of St. Matthews Anglican also
placed third in the competition.

The participating schools also brought banners to be displayed by the audience in support
of their candidates in the competition. These colourful designs were judged for creativity.
Judging was held first to decide the best banner from each district. The banner produced
by the students of Libertad Roman Catholic school was voted the best design, and the
other five district winners received consolation prizes.
Two hundred and forty two primary schools participated in this the seventh Coca Cola
Spelling Bee sponsored by Bowen & Bowen Ltd.