Top spellers vie for berth in bee and shot at state
Eighth-grader Craig Bowman marks his last year of spelling bee eligibility with one more trip to regional competition in Flagstaff next month after emerging as Grand Canyon's top speller.
The local spelling bee was held last Wednesday, pitting top spellers from grades two-eight. Competing, in order of finishing were sixth grader Alyssa Dillon, third grader Traci Curley, second grader Joshua Steiner, seventh grader Bethany Brown, fifth grader Mikayla Balbuena and fourth grader Israel Fellows.
The contest moved rapidly, wrapping up in just three rounds. Bowman earned his third title with the word "karate," having corrected "hogan" after Dillon faltered to take second place. She will serve as the alternate if Bowman is unable to participate.
First, second and third place winners received gift certificates for $20, $15 and $10 respectively, to be used at next month's Scholastic Book Fair. The prizes were donated by the PTA.
Alternates for each grade were Gabriel Abreu-Vigil (second), Cree Watahomigie (third), Reyna Abreu-Vigil (fourth), Nicholas Legaspi (fifth), Loren Talas (sixth), Jared Ruyler (seventh) and DuVaughn Boone (eighth)
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