For several months, San Benito students had been preparing for the district’s annual Spelling Bee. They studied and practiced spelling words such as tarmac (noun – a road or runway made of asphalt), schnitzel (noun – a seasoned and garnished veal cutlet), and ostensibly (adjective – to all outward appearances).
Sponsored by the San Benito CISD Department of Academic Services, the traditional Spelling Bee provides elementary and middle school students with an opportunity to learn new words, sharpen their spelling and vocabulary skills, and vie for the title of the school district’s top speller.
This year’s competition concluded after eight rounds of competition when Israel Valdez of Judge Oscar de la Fuente Elementary spelled the word Dracula (noun – one who maintains a relationship like that of a vampire toward another by sapping his or her physical or emotional strength), earning him the first place honor.
Second place was awarded to Lindsey Rubi Montemayor of Dr. C.M. Cash Elementary, and Nadia Vasquez of Angela G. Leal Elementary received third place.
Connie Cruz, this year’s Spelling Bee Coordinator and the school district’s Director of Elementary Curriculum, attributes the success of the event to the contestants, their coaches and their parents as well as school administrators and the support staff involved in the planning and implementation of the districtwide competition.
“A successful event requires teamwork, and we have a great team,” Cruz said proudly. “We greatly appreciate absolutely everyone’s hard work, dedication, time, and effort,” she added.
According to Cruz, Valdez will now represent San Benito CISD at the 28th Annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday, March 5, at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.
Angela G. Leal Elementary
Dr. C.M. Cash Elementary
Lily Iliana Marroquin
Lindsey Rubi Montemayor
Dr. Raul Garza, Jr. Elementary
Ed Downs Elementary
Daniella A. Garcia
Frank Roberts Elementary
Fred Booth Elementary
Judge Oscar De La Fuente Elementary
La Encantada Elementary
La Paloma Elementary
Derek De Leon
Berta Cabaza Middle School
Miller Jordan Middle School
San Benito Riverside Middle School