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Meet DeWitt County spelling co-champions

March 12, 2013 at 9 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2013 at 10:12 p.m.


BEE PRIZES

Our Regional Spelling Bee Champion will receive: an all-expense paid trip (paid for by the Victoria Advocate) to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee; Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate, donated by Mr. Jay Sugarman; a one-year membership to Britannica Online Premium, donated by Encyclopaedia Brittanica and a Webster's Third New International Dictionary, donated by Merriam-Webster.

The 2nd Place Winner will receive a Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, donated by Merriam-Webster.

[SOURCE: The Victoria Advocate]

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The Regional Spelling Bee

WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday

WHERE: Victoria College's Johnson Symposium, 2200 E. Red River St.

COST: Free

Twelve spellers from around the Crossroads will duke it out at the 2013 Regional Spelling Bee Championship.

Each day, we'll feature the co-champions from participating counties.

Today's co-champions are from DeWitt County - Lillianna Gonzalez, of Cuero Junior High School, and Brady Watson, of Cuero Intermediate School.

If you can't make it to the competition, be sure to check out our live video from the event.

Name: Lillianna Gonzalez

Grade: 7th grade

Age: 13 years old

School: Cuero Junior High School

Past victories: Cuero Intermediate School 2012 winner

Hobbies: Adding new shapes and sizes to her rock collection

Other achievements: First-place winner in UIL Spelling for the last six consecutive years, has made 100s on every spelling test she's ever taken.

Q: What was your winning word?

A: Windily

Q: If you win, what do you plan on doing in DC?

A: I guess visiting some of the museums, especially the Holocaust Museum; that's the one we want to see. My mom is like my coach, so she'll be the one going with me.

Q: How do you practice for the spelling bee?

A: My mom made flashcards with all of the words in the spelling bee with the language of origin and pronunciation. We test each other.

Name: Brady Watson

Grade: 5th grade

Age: 10 years old

School: Cuero Intermediate School

Past victories: School and county Bee winner 2011-12, placed sixth at the regional competition that same year; school and county bee winner 2012-13

Hobbies: Playing soccer, basketball and the piano. Singing in the church choir. Playing video games on the Wii U.

Other achievements: UIL Number Sense - first place in first grade and fourth grade, second place in second grade and third grade; currently Student Council Vice President at CIS and on the A Honor Roll.

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