Third-Grader Benavides Wins District Spelling Bee

Third-Grader Benavides Wins District Spelling Bee
Posted on 01/31/2015
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Grecia Benavides, an 8-year-old third-grade student at Olmito Elementary School, outlasted the field to win the 11th Annual Los Fresnos CISD Spelling Bee Saturday.

Benavides was the last speller standing in the seventh round. She and Liberty Memorial Middle school's Griselda Espinoza were the last two spellers after four rounds. Both spellers correctly spelled their words in the fifth round.

But in the sixth round, Benavides spelled her word correctly while Espinoza missed. The smallest speller in the field of 35 spellers then spelled her championship word correctly in the seventh round.

Sara Lin of Rancho Verde Elementary finished in third place.

Benavides now advances to participate in the Rio Grande Valley Spelling Bee March 7 at South Texas College in Weslaco. The winner there advances to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 24-29 in National Harbor, Md., near Washington, D.C.

Participants in Saturday's Bee included:
  • Liberty Memorial Middle School: Griselda Gail Espinoza, Adilene Nieto, John Silva
  • Los Cuates Middle School: Ramon Curzio, Alexea Pappas, Clarisse Tudon
  • Resaca Middle School: Aliyah Gutierrez, Ysabella Piccio, Ishka Treviño
  • Dora Romero Elementary: Fatima Lara, Jennifer Laznovsky, Jazmin Loperena
  • Las Yescas Elementary: Yadira Carlos, Clarissa Lozano, Joseph Treviño
  • Laureles Elementary: Victoria Garcia, Casey Martinez, Victoria Perales
  • Lopez-Riggins Elementary: David Alvarez, Vicktor Jasso, Megan Urbina
  • Los Fresnos Elementary: Cornelius Aguirre, Ty Leigh, Alysha Solis
  • Olmito Elementary: Grecia Benavides, Kailey Lei, Jose Omar Mendiola
  • Palmer-Laakso Elementary: Dylan Paredes, Jonathan Ybarra, Marcos Zarate
  • Rancho Verde Elementary: Prisci Baltazar, Sara Lin, Tatiana Marquez
  • Villareal Elementary: Joy Espinoza, Daniela Perez-Salazar, Isabella Sorelle

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