April 4, 2017
Aragon Middle School eighth-grade student Gabriel Bolanos competes in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee on April 1 at the University of Houston.
April 4, 2017—Aragon Middle School eighth-grade student Gabriel Bolanos finished among the final four of the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, the nation’s largest local spelling bee, held April 1 at the University of Houston.
After excelling in the early rounds, which consisted of 56 spellers representing third through eighth grades, Bolanos reached the final four spellers in the evening’s championship rounds. He advanced to the fifth round of the finals before misspelling the word gamaopetalous.
The top two spellers, Shourav Dasari of Conroe ISD and Raksheet Kota of Katy ISD, advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, to be held May 28-June 2 in the Washington, D.C. area.
Bolanos, who won the CFISD Middle School Spelling Bee in both 2016 and 2017, finished fourth in the 2016 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, and tied for third place in 2014.
“I was proud to represent CFISD well in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, and I’m grateful for making it to the final four,” Bolanos said. “Although I didn’t win, I learned many valuable lessons from competing in the spelling bee, like perseverance and discipline, and I had fun along the way. I also want to thank my mom for helping and guiding me, my dad and brothers for supporting me, and my teachers at Aragon Middle School—especially Mrs. [Teri] Tidmore—who cheered me on and gave me lots of words of encouragement.”