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Pueblo hosts Spanish spelling bee

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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

Pueblo Spanish Spelling Bee

On May 15, Pueblo Elementary School held its first annual Spanish Spelling Bee. Forty-five 4th and 5th grade students who pre-qualified were able to participate in the Spanish Spelling Bee.

All rounds of the Spanish Spelling Bee were written and the event was conducted entirely in Spanish, including the instructions and responses.

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Pueblo Elementary School held its first annual Spanish Spelling Bee on May 15 and 45 fourth and fifth grade students who pre-qualified participated. Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Unified School District

The winning word was lápiz, which means pencil.

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • 1st Place Winner: Laura Ottesen, a 4th grade student
  • 2nd Place Winners (Tie): Alec Berg and Emma White, 5th grade students
  • 4th Place Winner: Max Henderson, a 4th grade student
  • 5th Grade Winner: Ted Pham, a 5th grade student (has been studying Spanish for one month!)

This will become an annual event at Pueblo.

After the Spanish Spelling Bee, participants were treated to an ice cream bar provided by the Parent Teacher Organization. Parent Laura Rennie organized the event.

The Spanish Spelling Bee judges were Jill Campos, World Language coordinator; Erin Dahl, a Spanish Teacher at Saguaro High School; and Pilar Navarro, an instructional assistant.

Pueblo Elementary School offers Scottsdale Unified School District’s only Foreign Language Immersion (FLI) Program in which non-native children learn half of their instruction in Spanish.

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