Aragon’s Bolanos defends MS Spelling Bee championship

February 15, 2017

Aragon Middle School eighth-grade student Gabriel Bolanos won his second consecutive Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 9 at the Berry Center.
Aragon Middle School eighth-grade student Gabriel Bolanos won his second consecutive Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 9 at the Berry Center. 

Feb. 15, 2017—Aragon Middle School eighth-grade student Gabriel Bolanos successfully defended his 2016 Middle School Spelling Bee championship by clinching the 2017 districtwide title on Feb. 9 at the Berry Center.

Bolanos correctly spelled the word waterzooi in the 25th round to advance to the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, scheduled to be televised live from the University of Houston on April 1.

Goodson Middle School seventh-grade student Natalie Cornejo was the runner-up. Cornejo will also participate in the regional competition.

Goodson Middle School seventh-grade student Natalie Cornejo was the runner-up in the Middle School Spelling Bee, which lasted 25 rounds on Feb. 9.
Goodson Middle School seventh-grade student Natalie Cornejo was the runner-up in the Middle School Spelling Bee, which lasted 25 rounds on Feb. 9.

“Our middle school spellers were at their very best today which made our district spelling bee a resounding success,” said Sarah Price, CFISD secondary English technology curriculum coach. “The 4 ½-hour competition went to round 25 before we had a winner. All of the students showed how well-prepared they were and should be very proud of their accomplishments. Thanks to our parents and teachers as well for their support of our middle school spellers. I applaud all of our participants for their hard work and dedication.”

Both Natalie Cornejo and Gabriel Bolanos will advance to compete in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee on April 1. Pictured with the regional qualifiers are Sarah Price, CFISD secondary English technology curriculum coach, left, and Ami Ruby, secondary English/language arts coordinator, right.
Both Natalie Cornejo and Gabriel Bolanos will advance to compete in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee on April 1. Pictured with the regional qualifiers are Sarah Price, CFISD secondary English technology curriculum coach, left, and Ami Ruby, secondary English/language arts coordinator, right. 

Thirty-six middle school students from 18 campuses competed in the districtwide Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 9.
Thirty-six middle school students from 18 campuses competed in the districtwide Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 9. 

Nearly 60 spellers will qualify for the regional bee. The top two spellers will qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 30-June 1. For more information visit http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/education/spelling-bee/.

The Spelling Bee champions who represented their respective middle schools at the district competition are:

Campus

Participants

Grade

Campus Coordinator

Anthony

Theresa Akpobassa

6

Jacquelyn Lloyd

Brian Steward

7

Aragon

Gabriel Bolanos

8

Teri Tidmore

Leanh Nguyen

8

Arnold

De’Vaughn Tolliver

6

Kaci Murray

Vraj Patel

8

Bleyl

Ananya Sriramsankar

6

Victoria Evans

Kenny Nguyen

8

Campbell

Ritu Gupta

8

Shelita Humphrey

Daniela Lopez

8

Cook

Adithi Reddy

7

Antoinette James

Tanya Sutippantupat

7

Dean

Tiffany Lam

7

Amanda Carlin

Peyton Cortez

8

Goodson

Isaac Howard

7

Mandi Toumbs

Natalie Cornejo

7

Hamilton

Samhitha Bandi

8

Lisa Herrmann

Caroline Wei

7

Hopper

Joshua Sandoval

6

David Weldon

Adnan Motiwala

6

Kahla

Victoria Ostrowski

7

Michelle Gargotta

Sofia Hernandez

6

Labay

Sahiba Dhillon

6

Bridget Vasquez

Drake Zapalac

6

Salyards

Tanzeem Islam

8

Laurie Fuller

Aba Onumah

6

Smith

Obumneme Nwosu

6

Katie O’Brien

Grant Curington

8

Spillane

Riya Pendse

7

Jennifer Witcher

Mihir Bhatia

6

Thornton

Danielle Evangelista

8

Gloria Martin

Christina Watson

8

Truitt

Jessalin Nguyen

8

Marlene Pennington

Kayla Bui

7

Watkins

Savannah Bivens

7

Kelli Coleman

Han Duong

8

 

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