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Amir Miranda wins 25th National Coca-Cola Spelling Bee

Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019. 1:49 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Sacred Heart R.C.’s Amir Miranda was confirmed the winner of the 25th National Coca-Cola Spelling Bee after three rounds this afternoon at the Countryside Park in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District.

Miranda properly spelt ‘paparazzi’ – independent photographers who take pictures of high-profile people, such as actors, athletes, politicians, and other celebrities, typically while subjects go about their usual life – and ‘whirligig’ – an object that spins or whirls such as a pinwheel.

Miranda’s tuition and books for high school will be covered by the Ministry of Education. He also gets a personal notebook from Digi; a debit gift card, an educational gift basket from Heritage Bank, a trophy, and $2,000 cash from Bowen and Bowen. Similar prizes will be provided to second place Raynaleese Rivas and third place Zaili Uk, both from the Orange Walk District.

The Spelling Bee was started in 1994 by Bowen and Bowen Limited and has acquired multiple sponsors including Digicel, Heritage Bank, and the Ministry of Education.

For this year, an essay competition was held to mark the 25th anniversary. Those winners are Shaena Tillett of St. Therese R.C. School; Jaunice Worrell, of Libertad R.C. and Zen Gui Tan of Independence Primary who each receive a tablet.

Prizes were also awarded for top banners and teachers.

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