Rio Arriba County Spelling Bee Coming Jan 26

Aiden Ortiz Carolina Hernandez Isayah Zepeda of El Rito
Aiden Ortiz, Carolina Hernandez and Isaya Zepeda, school champions of El Rito who will be competing in the upcoming spelling bee. Courtesy photo

Rio Arriba County Spelling Bee Coming Jan 26

Staff Report

Top spellers from around Rio Arriba County will be heading to Gallina soon for the Rio Arriba County Spelling Bee. Scheduled for Jan. 26, or on Jan. 28 if weather is an issue, at the Gallina Elementary/Coronado MS/HS auditorium, students from schools throughout the county will face off.

Two students from each school will participate; the spelling bee will include one to two rounds of vocabulary as well as the traditional spelling bee rounds.  The first place winner will advance to state competition in Albuquerque with a chance to advance to the national spelling bee in Washington DC.

All prizes and lunch are being provided by a small grant awarded to Jemez Mountain Schools from the LANL foundation in support of the Rio Arriba County Spelling Bee.  Organizers of the event expressed gratitude for the support of education in local communities. 

All participants will receive prizes as well as additional prizes and trophies for first, second and third place winners.  Sponsors will also be recognized with a gift.

Participating Schools and students include:

Lybrook Elementary/Middle School- Lynel Werito and Tiyeisha Rafael

Gallina Elementary- Aniela Padilla and Monique Romero, Coronado Middle School- Gia Castaneda and Hailey Martinez

Mesa Vista Middle School- Gabriella Archuleta and Kyle Montoya

Ojo Caliente Elementary-Dillan Pena and Annaliese Pena

Dulce –Alexandra Howe and Noah Gomez

McCurdy Charter School-Andres Borrego and Kordero Talachy