The National Coca-Cola Spelling Bee
2000 contest commenced last week with the Zone Five (Caye zone)
eliminations. This year's Caye zone competition was held in the
neighboring village of Caye Caulker at the Roman Catholic School. A total
of four schools participated with two contestants from each school.
Participating schools were Caye Caulker R. C. School, Island Academy,
Maestro Reyes School of Knowledge and San Pedro R. C. School. The
competition proved to be very tough, but at the end it was Rosie Syme of
Island Academy who emerged victorious. Rosie is a Standard IV student and
was coached by her parents, Amanda and Cal Syme and teacher Charlene Lee.
Rosie used a variety of tactics for the spelling competition including
using syllables, root words and prefixes. The competition was very tight
and a reserve and extra-reserve word list had to be used. Rosie's winning
word was "choreograph." Rosie told the San Pedro
Sun that she is very happy to have won and is thankful
to her parents and teacher. To prepare for District competition she will
study intensively with her parents.
Velia Pech from Maestro Reyes School of Knowledge was
the first runner-up and will travel to Belize City with Rosie to
represent the Caye zone at the District competition on March
12th. Velia is a
Standard V student who is thankful to her teacher, Leonel Reyes and
parents, Nancy and Ricardo Pech for their support before and during the
The four schools entered in the Caye zone
were only a small portion of the 230 primary schools participating
countrywide. This competition, now in its sixth consecutive year, is
sponsored by Bowen & Bowen Ltd. The
Sun congratulates Rosie and Velia and wishes them the
best of luck in the District finals.