JIS News

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, has commended the Gleaner Company for its continued support of the Spelling Bee Competition and the sponsorship of Jamaica’s entry in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition, now underway in Washington, D.C.
“The Gleaner’s commitment speaks volume to the development of our country’s youth,” said Ambassador Johnson.
Welcoming Jamaica’s Spelling Bee participant in the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition, Sade Dunbar; and her coach, Glen Archer, at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. on May 27, Ambassador Johnson congratulated Sade for being champion of the Gleaner Children’s Own All-Island competition 2008 and for representing her country at this international Spelling Bee competition in Washington, D.C.
“I want to urge you to do your best and whether or not you win, you’re an ambassador for your country,” the Ambassador said.
Mr. Johnson had high praise for Sade’s coach, Reverend Glen Archer who, he said, has become an icon in Jamaica and one who has demonstrated over a period of time, great commitment to the young people. “Jamaica is grateful for your contribution to the development of the Spelling Bee competition,” the Ambassador told Rev. Archer.
In her response, Sade said she felt honoured and proud to represent her country at this national Spelling Bee competition and promised to do her country proud.
Rev. Archer said he was also honoured to be part of the Spelling Bee programme. He said Sade Dunbar was well prepared and he expected a great performance from her.
In her comment, Karin Cooper, Corporate Affairs and Marketing Manager of the Gleaner Company said that part of the Gleaner’s commitment “is to continue to help Jamaica to develop good citizens and if we begin with the children by getting them involved in the Spelling Bee competition, we will develop children who will think, reason and ultimately we will have a better country, and that is why the Gleaner continues to give solid support to the Spelling Bee competition.”
Some 271 participants will vie for the top prize at the 81st Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship which ends on Friday, May 30.