The gold medal winners are Creekside Middle School sixth-graders Jovana Camberos and Tatyana Lewis; Anthea Gines, fifth-grader at Las Palmas and Apricot Valley fourth-graders Lee Qin and Haley Skelson. Silver medal winners are Sacred Heart Catholic School sixth-graders Kaylah Ferreira and Emma Rethans.
Spellers who completed two rounds of competition were awarded gold medals, and those who finished one round received silver medals.
Words such as “obsequious,” “surveillance” and “rapscallion” didn’t deter the
74 students from 45 county schools who participated. Forty volunteers served as proctors for the event, which was sponsored by the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, Wells Fargo and the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Retired educator Harry Baker was the spelling master.
The Spelling Bee Champions are Michael Balarite, a fourth-grader from University Charter School and Martin Shewfelt, sixth-grader from Agnes Baptist School. Arnov Krishnamoorthi, a sixth-grader from Lakewood, is an alternate.
Michael Balerite and Martin Shewfelt will represent Stanislaus County at the state championship at the San Joaquin Office of Education in Stockton on April 26, 2014. The alternate will serve and go to the championship if either Michael or Martin cannot attend.