27 students gear up for spelling bee
Feb. 28, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:28 p.m.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: County Spelling Bee
WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday
WHERE: VC's Johnson Symposium, 2200 E. Red River St.
VICTORIA COUNTY COMPETITORS
Michea Bell, fifth-grader at Rowland Magnet Elementary School
Andrew Bernhard, eighth-grader at Our Lady of Victory School
Nicholas Carlos, third-grader at William Wood Elementary School
Therese Eamiguel, fifth-grader at DeLeon Elementary School
Ryan Ehsan, sixth-grader at Stroman Middle School
Isaiah Estrada, fifth-grader at Trinity Episcopal School
Jazmine Estrada, fourth-grader at Rodolfo Torres Elementary School
Mackenzie "Kenzie" Gutierrez, fifth-grader at Bloomington Elementary School
Rhani Hingoranee, fourth-grader at Aloe Elementary School
Elisha Hosey-Stewart, sixth-grader at Cade Middle School
Mathieu Jarrett, seventh-grader at Howell Middle School
Korbyn Jones, fifth-grader at Guadalupe Elementary School
John Thomas "J.T." McLeon, eighth-grader at Nazareth Academy
Gitanjali "Gita" Mehan, third-grader at Dudley Magnet School
James "Hank" Mercer, fifth-grader at Schorlemmer Elementary School
Max Nevarez, fifth-grader at Hopkins Magnet School
Kesli Pratka, fourth-grader at Nursery Elementary School
Peyton Quimby, fourth-grader at Vickers Elementary School
Lanai Ramirez, sixth-grader at Patti Welder Magnet Middle School
Ruby Robledo, fourth-grader at Smith Magnet Elementary School
Brandon Rodriguez, sixth-grader at Bloomington Middle School
Angel Segura, third-grader at Shields Magnet Elementary School
Abe Suarez, fifth-grader at Crain Elementary School
Alexander "Alex" Suma, fifth-grader at O'Connor Magnet Elementary School
Alize Velasquez, third-grader at F.W. Gross Montessori School
Gabriel "Gabe" Watts, fourth-grader at Chandler Elementary School
Hayden Zandonatti, third-grader at Mission Valley Elementary School
The spelling season is upon us again.
On Thursday, students from across Victoria County will take the stage at Victoria College's Johnson Symposium to represent their school in the county spelling bee.
This year, 27 students have beat out the rest of their classmates to advance to the county contest, which is open to second through eighth graders.
Thursday's bee will dwindle the competition down to two finalists, who will represent Victoria County in the regional competition on March 20.
Winners of the county contest will receive two books, "Ask Me Anything" and "Guinness World Records 2012." The winner of the regional competition will be awarded an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
"We consider this an event worth investing in as it helps students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn language concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives," Cara Frederick, development director with Victoria College's College Advancement and VC Foundation, wrote in an email. "It is gratifying to see children using their energy and intellect in such a positive way."
VC, the Victoria Advocate and Region III Education Service Center sponsor the bees each year.