P.R. Leyva Middle School student Elizabeth Williamson correctly spelled “subsidence” to win the Carlsbad Citywide Spelling Bee Dec. 5.
Williamson was among 22 spellers competing in this year’s bee held at P.R. Leyva Middle School’s auditorium.
When fellow speller Jose Sanchez, a student at Ocotillo Elementary, misspelled “tenent,” Williamson spelled it correctly to earn the chance at the title.
Sanchez was awarded second place and Benjamin Jang, a student at P.R. Leyva, was awarded third place. Jang misspelled “exhilaration” and was eliminated from the final round of the bee.
Over 160 words were issued to spellers during the bee.
Judges for this year’s bee were Lesley Galyas, Keely Scruggs and Heather Counts.
Williamson will go on the participate in the regional spelling bee in El Paso, Texas in March.
Also competing in this year’s Carlsbad bee were:
Competing this year are:
- Aaliyah Gonzalez, Monterrey Elementary
- Azianna Nowlin, Sunset Elementary
- Benjamin Jang, P.R. Leyva
- Angelique Del Muro, Cottonwood Elementary
- Ariel Sussman, Desert Willow Elementary
- Danny Hernandez Maldonado, Alta Vista Middle School
- Elizabeth Williamson, P.R. Leyva
- Eliana Britton, P.R. Leyva
- Emma Gray, Desert Willow Elementary
- Estrellla Garcia, Carlsbad Enrichment Center
- Guillermo Valdez, Alta Vista Middle School
- Jenavieve Johnson, Alta Vita Middle School
- Jessica Ibarra, Sunset Elementary
- Joaquin Singson, Cottonwood Elementary
- Jocelynn Armendarez, Sunset Elementary
- Joel Gonzalez, Ocotillo Elementary
- Kynsli Juarez, Monterrey Elementary
- Jose Sanchez, Ocotillo Elementary
- Roney Banuelos, Monterrey Elementary
- Taylor Graham, Ocotillo Elementary
- Trenton Krueger, Desert Willow Elementary
- Angelo Carrasco, Cottonwood Elementary
Principal of the Carlsbad Enrichment Center Rob Christiansen said he was especially proud of the school’s student Estrella Garcia, the first ever competitor from that school.
“Not only did she study with our teachers and counselor after regular school hours, she is a primarily Spanish speaker and she made it to the fourth round,” Christensen said of Garcia.
He said he hoped to see many more students compete in future bees.
Jessica Onsurez can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @JussGREAT.