January 12, 2021
Lee Elementary School fifth grade student Aroob Latif participates in the 2020 annual districtwide Elementary Spelling Bee. Latif will be a three-time qualifier after she won the campus competition on Dec. 15.
Jan. 12, 2021—Lee Elementary School fifth grade student Aroob Latif recently advanced to the CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee for a third consecutive year after again winning the competition at her campus on Dec. 15.
The win came in the 23rd round, when Latif correctly spelled the word bitumen.
For Latif, the victory is meaningful. Not only is she in her last year to compete at the elementary level, but campus personnel didn’t even know if Latif would participate, as she is using CFISD Connect, the district’s remote learning option.
“I didn’t think the spelling bee would be available for the virtual students,” Latif said.
Added Ava Clark, Lee instructional specialist and campus spelling bee coordinator: “We just assumed she wouldn’t be part of it, but once we finished our assessment at the campus level, we pushed everything out. Her dad picked up her material, returned the permission slip and it was on after that.”
The annual districtwide Elementary Spelling Bee is scheduled for Feb. 2.
Latif enjoys the challenge of learning new words and their meanings. She credits her parents for their support and helping her prepare. Latif will student words and their pronunciations, for example, and then her mom will quiz her 10 words at a time.
“I feel honored to have another opportunity to compete at the district spelling bee,” she said. “I wanted to do it again as I really enjoy it and also, it’s my last year.”
This year was also the first time her parents were able to attend the campus spelling bee and see Latif win.
“When she returned in fourth grade, she told us that she wanted to win it, and when she came back this time, she said the same thing,” Clark said. “She’s very calm and relaxed, and she has a method to her. You can tell that she has a certain way of successfully doing this.”