September Celebrations - 20 years of Independence

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 37            September 20, 2001

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Spelling Bee winner Shamir Guerrero

As we look forward in anticipation to celebrating Belize's Independence only a few hours away, we look back at some of the activities held last week leading to Belize's 20th birthday.

    On Wednesday, September 12th many spectators and students from the various schools in San Pedro gathered at the Lions Den to cheer for their favorite contestant taking part in the annual September Celebrations Spelling Bee Contest. Organized by Councilor Omar Arceo, the contest saw participants from San Pedro Roman Catholic School, Lydia's Institute of Fine Education (LIFE), St. Peter's Elementary, New Horizon's Academy, Island Academy and Isla Bonita Elementary. The students were all well prepared as they displayed confidence when spelling out the words. After various rounds and even going into a reserved list (words not previously studied by the participants) it was Shamir Guerrero of LIFE who emerged victorious. Second place was awarded to Daniel Lackwood of New Horizon's Academy. Shamir received $150 for being the best speller and Daniel received $75 as second prize. The pronouncer for this year's spelling bee contest was Teacher Oscar Vidal of San Pedro R. C. School.

    The celebrations continued on Thursday, September 13th and Friday, September 14th at  Central Park where a children's talent show took place. The children of San Pedro jumped at the opportunity to show off their skills whether it was dancing, reciting poems or singing. All the children who participated received a bag of goodies, courtesy of the San Pedro Town Council.

    The fun went on Sunday, September 16th with an all-day sporting event at Boca del Rio Park. This part of the celebrations brought out many professional and amateurs athletes to compete in various fun and friendly sporting activities.

    Tonight, San Pedro will be dressed in the blue, red and white colors to welcome its Independence. The evening will commence with a block party on Barrier Reef Drive, followed by a flag raising ceremony and the welcoming of our Independence Day by Mayor Alberto Nuñez. This will be complemented by a spectacular fireworks display. On Independence Day, all residents and visitors of San Pedro are invited to Central Park to witness the coronation of Miss San Pedro and the official Independence Day ceremonies which will be followed by a citizens' parade. A "jump-up" will be held in the afternoon with lots to eat and drink. Happy Independence Day Belize!
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