Pariani represents St. Maarten in regional spelling bee

POSTED: 10/21/11 12:13 PM

St. Maarten – Keya Pariani amassed 95 points Saturday on her way to winning the first Haliborange Rotary/Rotaract Spelling Bee Competition. The event was held at the Belair Community and Fitness Center with a large crowd from the five schools that advanced to the final round.
Pariani misspelled only one out of 20 words. Her victory allows her to take home a Mac Book Pro laptop. She will also represent the island in the 4th Annual Regional Haliborange Rotary/Rotaract Spelling Bee in St. Kitts on November 12.
Tyrese McBene Courtar of the St. Joseph School received 70 points on his way to second prize and Maisha Marlin from the St. Dominic Primary School accumulated 65 points to capture third prize. Courtar won an iPad and Marlin was presented with an iPod.

Education Minister Rhoda Arindell attended the final to encourage the participants. David Antrobus from SOL and Elie Bendaly from Scotia Bank – the two Platinum sponsors – also attended the final and said they were satisfied they contributed to the event, which was jointly organized by the President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten-Mid Isle Ramesh Manek, President of Rotaract Sunrise Janice Wever and Rotarians and Rotaractors of the other clubs. Spouses and family members of Rotarians also assisted.
Other contributors to this event were FOH Distributors, Office World, Telem, Keijzer Computers, Photo Gumbs, Dominos Pizza, Talk Cell, the Daily Herald, PJD 2 Radio, Klass Electronics, Bergees Electronics and the Mighty Dow’s Ebony Steel Orchestra, who entertained the crowd during the breaks.

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