Olga Williams cops top speller award

September 27, 2022
Olga Williams
Olga Williams
Champion Bee Olga Williams (centre), representing the parish of St Mary, poses with second-place winner Lenworth Wright (left), of Trelawny, and third-placer Marie Purcell, of St Andrew, after participating last Thursday in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s National Council for Senior Citizens National Spelling Bee Competition.
Champion Bee Olga Williams (centre), representing the parish of St Mary, poses with second-place winner Lenworth Wright (left), of Trelawny, and third-placer Marie Purcell, of St Andrew, after participating last Thursday in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s National Council for Senior Citizens National Spelling Bee Competition.
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D-O-D-E-C-A-H-E-D-R-O-N.

A dodecahedron is a three-dimensional figure having 12 faces that are pentagonal in shape. It was the winning word spelled by 72-year-old Olga Williams, of St Mary, to win the National Council for Senior Citizens 18th National Seniors Spelling Bee Competition.

Williams was among 13 parish finalists who converged at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew last Thursday to match spelling skills in rounds of nail-biting competition, that lasted well over six hours.

In second place was Trelawny's Lenworth Wright, the comical and worthy opponent whose antics kept the virtual and in-person audience quite amused, with St Andrew's Marie Purcell placing third.

Eighty-three-year-old Evan Grey of Portland was the oldest competitor.

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