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SVG represented in regional Spelling-bee

SVG represented in regional Spelling-bee

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Although she didn’t place at the top of the recently held Regional Spelling Bee competition in Grenada, ten year-old Shaniqua Laborde of Rose Bank said that she is proud to have represented her country.{{more}}

The soft spoken, grade five student of the Troumaca Government School knocked out the competition at the Annual Corea and Hazel Inc, Haliborange Rotaract Spelling Bee finals that were held at the Methodist Church Hall in Kingstown on November 1st.

Laborde earned herself a brand new personal computer and one for her School courtesy of Courts St Vincent Limited and the chance to represent her country in Grenada.

Shaniqua told SEARCHLIGHT that last Saturday’s regional competition was very stiff and that the word that threw her off was cellulose. She said that Grenada copped the top spot followed by Antigua with Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines tying for third position.

A well rounded individual, Shaniqua said that her favourite subject is Spelling; she is also a Brownie six leader with eight badges. Shaniqua wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She also said that all of the other contestants in Grenada also aspire to be doctors.

Shaniqua credits her parents Michael and Urel Laborde and her teacher Ian Matthews for her success. Her advice to other students is to ‘Go forward and do your best and don’t let anyone pull you down’. Shaniqua said that she made friends and that she really enjoyed her first hotel stay at the Coyaba Hotel in Grenada. (AC)