It was Elementary My Dear Michaela; Jones Wins Spelling Bee

It was Elementary My Dear Michaela; Jones Wins Spelling Bee
Posted on 01/29/2013

It was Elementary My Dear Michaela; Jones Wins Spelling Bee

Michaela Jones outlasted her friend and Resaca Middle School classmate Sandra Salazar to take the championship of the Los Fresnos CISD Spelling Bee Saturday at Resaca Middle School.


It was the third straight year that a speller from Resaca won the bee. Jones also participated in the 2012 Bee for her school.


Jones and Salazar were the only two spellers in the 36-student field after five rounds. Both successfully spelled words in the sixth and seventh rounds before some drama in the eighth and ninth rounds. Salazar, who drew number 27, missed on a word in Round 8 before Jones, who was number 33, took her turn.


Jones also missed the word, and both students stayed on to the ninth round. Both students misspelled words again in the ninth round.


Salazar misspelled "korabi" in the 10th round, while Jones spelled "fringe" correctly. Jones had to spell the next word in the 11th round correctly to win the championship, and she spelled "elementary" correctly to become the champion.


Jones now qualifies to participate in the Scripps Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee March 2 in Weslaco. The winner there advances to the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C. in June.


Salazar will be the alternate at the regional bee.


Alexea Pappas from Los Cuates Middle School finished in third place. She was eliminated in the fifth round.


After the ceremony, students received participation certificates. The top three finishers received indivudual trophies. Resaca Middle School took both the school first- and second-place trophies, while Los Cuates Middle School took home the third place trophy.


Jones, who may read about Sherlock Holmes now because of the word that claimed the championship, has a good response to questions. If friends ask her what word claimed the championship, she may reply, "It was elementary, my dear friend." 


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