Carlsbad’s best young spellers will compete for the spelling bee title this week.
The Citywide Spelling Bee is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the P.R. Leyva auditorium. The public is invited to watch.
Winners will compete in the El Paso Regional Spelling Bee.
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
“We are very excited to host this event. The students have studied hard, and we look forward to giving them the opportunity to showcase the results of their hard work,” said Bobbi Smith, an organizer of the event.
“It is certain to be a wonderful evening. Please come and support all of our participants.”
2021, Grant Canon won the spelling bee after five rounds, defeating fellow student Ailyah Harper.
Carlsbad’s Liam Nyikos won the local spelling bee several times, and went on to compete in 2017 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
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