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4/11/2018
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BVSD students claim first, second place in state spanish spelling bee


BVSD students claim first, second place in state spanish spelling bee


DENVER - Two Boulder Valley School District students will be headed to San Antonio, Texas this summer to compete in the National Spanish Spelling Bee. Angelisse Torres, an eighth-grader from Angevine Middle School, and Elle Ceres, a fourth-grader from University Hill Elementary, came in first and second place, respectively, in the 2018 Concurso de Deletreo Colorado State Spanish Spelling Bee.


Forty-eight students from 14 schools across the state came together at Kepner Legacy Middle School on Saturday, April 7. The competition is open to bilingual students kindergarten through eighth grade.


“All of the contestants compete against everyone else,” said Jorge Garcia, the executive director of the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education, which organizes the Colorado spanish spelling bee. “The words get progressively harder throughout the contest, but they all get words from the same list.”


For the second year in a row, Angelisse Torres won the 8th grade state championship and was the grand champion. Elle Ceres was crowned as the state champion for 4th grade and took second place overall.



Concurso de Deletreo Colorado State Spanish Spelling Bee

2018 BVSD Champions

Angelisse Torres, 8th Grade, Angevine Middle School - Colorado Spelling Bee Champion, 8th Grade Champion


Elle Ceres, 4th Grade, University Hill Elementary - Colorado Spelling Bee Runner Up, 4th Grade Champion


Abigail Aguirre García, Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer - 3rd Grade Champion



The top three finishers from the state Spanish spelling bee qualified for the National Spanish Spelling Bee, which will be held July 12-15 in San Antonio.


Torres and Ceres will go to San Antonio with Julieta Cubero-Garcia, a sixth-grader from Telluride Middle School, who was named the 6th grade champion and placed third in the state competition.


Boulder Valley School District had 17 students qualify for the event and 11 students participate this year, representing four BVSD schools: Columbine Elementary, Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer, University Hill Elementary and Angevine Middle School.



Concurso de Deletreo Colorado State Spanish Spelling Bee

2018 BVSD Qualifiers, by School



Angevine Middle School

Angelisse

Torres

8th

Angevine Middle School

State Champion

Linus

Loughry

8th

Angevine Middle School

Did not compete

Ashley

Muñoz

8th

Angevine Middle School

Did not compete

Milo

Loughry

8th

Angevine Middle School

Did not compete



Columbine Elementary

Arón

Ordaz

5th

Columbine Elementary

6th Place

Jonathan

Gómez Rocha

5th

Columbine Elementary


Daniel

García Albarrán

4th

Columbine Elementary


Evelin

Uribe

3rd

Columbine Elementary

Did not compete



Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer

Ruth Salinas

Ayala

2nd

Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer


Tamara

Ramírez

4th

Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer


Abigail Aguirre

García

3rd

Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer

3rd Grade Champion

Jameson

Williams

3rd

Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer

Did not compete



University Hill Elementary

Isadora

Groves

5th

University Hill Elementary


Mekdes

Bass

5th

University Hill Elementary


Elle

Ceres

4th

University Hill Elementary

State Runner Up

Isabella

Goodwin

4th

University Hill Elementary

Did not compete



The emcee and pronouncer during the bee was Vanessa Bernal, a news anchor and producer for Univision Colorado.


“She was very personable and chatted with the contestants between rounds and made positive comments, trying to keep them positive,” Garcia said.


While the competition can be a bit nerve racking for the students, organizers remind students that the most important thing during the event is to have fun.


“It is a competition obviously and there is a little bit at stake, but we try to make it fun so they have a positive experience and want to continue that process,” explained Garcia.


He says it is humbling to see how well the second through eighth grade participants could spell.


“It is a cognitively demanding process to spell in one language when you are bilingual, because there are different rules in each language,” Garcia said. “I consider it more difficult to do it in Spanish when you’re bilingual than in English when you’re monolingual.”


Learn more about the Concurso de Deletreo Colorado State Spanish Spelling Bee at http://www.cocabe.org/colorado-state-spanish-spelling-bee or keep tabs on the students as they head to the national spelling bee at http://nationalspanishspellingbee.com.


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