EMCSD Hosts Annual Spelling Bee
by Arlene Bury
February 26, 2014 • 455 views
Yellow and black helium balloons adorned the Columbia gymnasium as bus loads of sixth graders were ushered in for the Annual District Spelling Bee. All 14 schools were represented and the classmates of the contenders were eager to cheer on their school competitor.
Cleminson Principal Carlos Salcedo welcomed the crowd that included parents, teachers, principals and Board Member Beth Rivas, along with Superintendent Maribel Garcia, and Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Traino. Director of Instruction, Virginia Castro, along with her department served as judges for the event with retired teacher, Shirley Burkhardt, serving as the Spelling Master.
While waiting for the event to begin, KevinTran, a competitor from New Lexington School said, “I’m nervous and excited all at the same time.”
The parents of Cherrylee contender Anissa Mattes were on hand to support their daughter. Before the competition started Annisa’s father said, “I’m proud of Annisa. She works hard and strives to be the best. She sees when she works hard it pays off.” Competing at the district level, her hard work has definitely paid off.
After a few grueling rounds of difficult spelling challenges – two competitors were left. Charles Tran of Cortada School and Dana Hua of Potrero. Charles misspelled nonexistent , Dana spelled it correctly, and then spelled mathematics for the win. Charles was awarded second place as will serve as the alternate if Dana cannot compete at the next level. Dana was excited about her victory and will go on to represent El Monte City School District at the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee. Go Dana!