Education digest —

Curry County spelling bee winners Ariel Kokoricha, fourth-grade student at Clovis Christian School, was declared champion of the Curry County spelling bee Friday. Kokoricha won the competition in the eighth round with the word epilepsy. Runner-up was Alyssa Benway, 13, an eighth-grade student at Yucca Middle School. Kokoricha will participate in the statewide spelling bee […]

Spelling bee winner hopes to make it to national competition

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Freedom New Mexico: Christina Calloway Champion of the Roosevelt County Regional Spelling Bee Abigail Cameron, 10, holds up her new title proud for the audience. She’s taking a break now but we’ll be back to studying hard soon in her pursuit of the state champion title in March. Christina Calloway “Behoove” was the word that […]

Ten to participate in county spelling bee

Benna Sayyed Friday’s Curry County spelling bee will showcase some of the county’s best spellers and aims to improve students’ spelling and vocabulary skills. “I hope it will improve the students’ ability to be in front of crowds and their ability to speak,” said Deanne Richardson, a third-grade teacher at Texico Elementary who will act […]

Business digest —

Bee Hive Homes announces new manager Bee Hive Homes of Clovis and Portales has announced Sarah Stricklin as its new manager at both facilities. Stricklin, a registered nurse and former caregiver at Bee Hive Home, has also worked in a Denver hospice and a neuroscience critical care unit in Casper, Wyo. She succeeds Pam Norberg, […]

a view from under the pew: billy bob bee in a box

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. billy bob bee in a box the other day boss i sawthe strangest […]

James Bickley fourth-grader wins County bee

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Garcia Alisa Boswell The annual Curry County district school spelling bee took place Saturday at Texico Elementary School with 10 students from five Curry County schools competing. Schools competing included James Bickley, Zia Elementary, Yucca Junior High, Texico Elementary and Texico Junior High. Jody Burrage, a teacher on the James Bickley spelling bee committee, said […]

Friday morning briefing: The buzz, the history of flight and a dream explodes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. The buzz Check out the annual Roosevelt County spelling bee 9 a.m. Saturday at

A view from under the pew: beware of the bee trap

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist beware of the bee trap

March 15, 2009 Honors

Elliott Robert Elliott of Clovis will be graduating this May from Texas Tech University with a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration. Geographic Bee Seven local students have qualified for the 2009 state-level National Geographic Bee. The students will make their way to Albuquerque for the bee on April 3. The bee is for students […]

Seven local students qualify for state-level National Geographic Bee

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Courtesy photo Shaylee Sours, 5th grade, Texico Elementary School CNJ staff Seven local students have qualified for the 2009 state-level National Geographic Bee. The students will make their way to Albuquerque for the bee on April 3. The bee is for students from grades four through eight. Each student who is declared the school champion, […]

Six vie for Curry County spelling bee crown

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Spelling Bee starts at 9 a.m. today at Clovis Community College in Room 512. The winner of the county bee will participate in a statewide spelling bee in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque bee will determine the winner representing New Mexico at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in […]

April 3, 2008 Education Digest

Clovis students to compete in geography bee

Clovis girl looks for bee repeat

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Beagles may be more popular after the Westminster Dog Show last week, but “schnauzer” was the buzzword during Saturday’s Curry County Spelling Bee. Christina Benitscheck will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in Canyon, Texas, after correctly spelling the German dog breed in the final round of the competition. […]

County spelling bee on Saturday

CNJ staff Clovis schools spelling bee winners will face off with other spellers throughout the county on Saturday at the Curry County Spelling bee. The contest will be held 9 a.m. at the Clovis Community College Town Hall auditorium. About 17 spellers will compete in the Amarillo Globe News-sponsored event, according to coordinator Judy Benitscheck. […]

Speller looks to next year

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Courtesy photo Christina Benitscheck made it through the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee but was eliminated from the third round of competition. The finals air on ABC-TV tonight from 6-8 p.m. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck didn’t earn her 15 seconds of fame by winning the Scripps National Spelling […]

Speller hopes to bee lucky

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck is studying words like “enlivened,” “spectacular” and “flabbergasted” for this week’s Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. But she’s sticking to the simple words to describe her excitement. “Every time it (hits me), it’s like, ‘Wow,’ because a year and three months ago, it was a […]

Spell-binding finish

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Christina Benitscheck, 11, of Clovis won the regional spelling bee Saturday morning at Clovis Community College. The winning word was chimichanga. She advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Speller will represent Clovis

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Accent marks were just as important as letters in this spelling bee. GUILLE VILLALOBOS outshone the competition Feb. 10 at the Clovis Schools Spanish spelling bee when he correctly placed the accent over the first ‘a’ in lampara (lamp in English). THE GATTIS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL seventh-grader spelled impuesto […]

Residents trying to co-exist with bees

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Africanized honeybees, or killer bees as they are commonly known, are here to stay, according to officials. With a little education and a keen sense of the surrounding area, area residents can co-exist with the insects in relative peace, according to Carol Sutherland, an entomologist with New Mexico State […]

Safety grows at camp

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksTech Sgt. Charles Derflinger of the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department guides Candice Vineyard of Melrose through fire and fire safety practices Thursday afternoon at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The program was By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched […]