Press Release

Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture
Release Date:
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 - 1:48pm

Seventh-day Adventist Primary School student Talisa Toussaint is the 2019 Spelling Bee Champion in the primary division of the competition.

The second place was captured by Arianna Tillack, a student of the Althea Scatliffe primary School and third place went to Zevieh Abraham, a student from the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School.

Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley congratulated all the students especially the top three spellers and organisers of the event.

Honourable Wheatley said, “I congratulate each one of you for your willingness and aptitude to participate in this competition.  I want to continue to encourage you to show interest in representing your schools in events such as these, which will assist shaping you as you become outstanding students and members of society.”

The minister said his ministry is pleased to organise events such as the Spelling Competition with the purpose of promoting students’ knowledge of proper word usage and pronunciation, and expand students’ vocabulary and encourage reading. The aim is also to encourage students to strive for excellence in spelling skills and provide an opportunity for students to meet and compete with their peers in an atmosphere of fun and friendship.

Seventeen (17) primary schools participated in the first segment of the competition. After the process of elimination was complete, three students from three schools captured the first three spots.

This event was sponsored by Collins, the Dictionary Company out of England and the Rotary Club of Road Town.


Berta McKelly Adams

Assistant Information Officer
Department of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468-2740