Spellers earn gold medals at county bees
by PI Staff
Nov 29, 2012 | 679 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nine local children spelled their way to gold medals during county-wide spelling bees this month in Modesto.

Students from 23 elementary schools took part in the Nov. 7 bee, and 24 middle schools were represented in the Nov. 14 bee. Both were sponsored by the Stanislaus County Board of Education.

Spellers who completed two rounds of competition were awarded gold medals, and those who finished one round received silver.


Five young spellers received gold medals when they competed with other fourth- to sixth-graders in the Stanislaus County Elementary Spelling Championship on Nov. 7 at Johansen High School in Modesto.

The medalists are Kish Malapingan and Jordan Jacob, both in fifth grade at Apricot Valley Elementary School; Tyler Posey, a sixth-grader at Creekside Middle School; Alyson Marks, a fifth-grader at Las Palmas Elementary School; and Salvador Ruiz, a sixth-grader at Walnut Grove School.

The four studied words such as “acoustics,” “chrysanthemum” and “vociferous” during the past month under the direction of Michelle Porterfield, a Walnut Grove teacher.

They were joined in their studies by six other Patterson Joint Unified School District students who were chosen as alternates : Devonje Videau, a Walnut Grove sixth-grader, and Jovana Camberos and Estefanie Salazar of Grayson Charter School, Joseph Hilton of Las Palmas and Izaac Ruiz and Bernadette Maese of Walnut Grove, all fifth-graders.

Kristi Johnson, a Sacred Heart Catholic School sixth-grader, also took home a gold medal.

Junior high

Two students from Creekside Middle School, one from Walnut Grove School and one from Sacred Heart Catholic School earned gold during the Stanislaus County Junior High Spelling Bee on Nov. 14 at the Martin Petersen Event Center in Modesto.

The gold-medal winners are Kenny Ong, a Creekside eighth-grader; Andrew White, a Creekside seventh-grader; Ushuaya Castillo, a Walnut Grove seventh-grader.

Yvania Perez, a Walnut Grove eighth-grader, and Adam Heath, a Sacred Heart eighth-grader, also competed and received silver medals.

Two eighth-graders, Shana Vaid of Creekside and John Williams of Walnut Grove, were alternates.

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