Amaré Jarvis headed to regional of Scripps National Spelling Bee

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‘Not nervous’ says fourth grader at Fred A. Anderson Elementary

BAYBORO — Every year, students from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Youngsters progress from classroom to cafeteria, from auditorium to civic center, delighting friends, family, and sponsors along the way!

THE BEE’S PURPOSE: To help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.


This Saturday at 1 p.m. in downtown Washington, Amaré Jarvis, age 10, competes with students from throughout eastern North Carolina – all hoping to advance in this most iconic of scholastic competitions.

Last week, during a brief interview in a fast food restaurant, Amaré — along with his parents Tamaro Jarvis and Monique Sawyer — experienced one of the benefits from being in the local limelight. Hardee’s general manager, Diane Lambert; and supervisor, Tilena Snider; presented the youngster with a valuable gift certificate – enough to feed all three at some future date!

Recalling the elementary school’s recent spelling bee, Amaré said: “I prayed before it started,” which helped him stay calm during a usually frenetic experience.

“It’s a lot of hard work,” said his father, clearly proud of his son’s achievement. “It really takes sacrifice.”

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