Yucca 8th-grader repeats as regional spelling bee champ

By David Irvin: CNJ Staff writer A little extra effort each day helped Zach Gillooly repeat Saturday as the regional spelling bee. The next stop for the 13-year-old Yucca Junior High student on the spelling bee circuit is Washington, D.C., where he will compete at the national level. “There’s a lot of competition there (in […]

Spelling bee buzzes into town

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Portales Junior High School eighth-grader Kyle Gainey reacts to misspelling a word in the 10th round of last year’s Regional Spelling Bee at Clovis Community College. (CNJ file photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Carol Nash has been participating in spelling bees for nearly 50 years. She won the Quay County spelling bee as […]

‘Reresupper’ stumps spelling bee contender

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Zack Gillooly and several modern-day dictionaries had something in common Wednesday morning: None of them recognized the word “reresupper.” Zack, representing the eastern New Mexico region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., lost in the first speaking round after misspelling the word by one letter, using […]

Speller competing for national title

By Ryan Lengerich His friends call him Zack, but Tuesday he will be known simply as “Speller No. 141.” That number will be assigned to Clovis’ Zachary Gillooly when he represents eastern New Mexico in a three-day competition this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New […]

Words buzzin’ at spelling bee

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Martha Rivas, 12, a sixth-grader at Parkview Elementary, smiles as she waits to spell a word as Yucca Junior High seventh-grader Zach Gillooly, 12, (the winner of the contest) takes his turn in the Regional Spelling. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber Twenty-nine words into the 13th round, Zach Gillooly of Clovis won the […]

Student: Experience key at spelling bee

Ryan Lengerich It just might be Jonathan Proctor’s year. The 13-year-old home-schooled eighth grader is representing the Clovis Area Home Educators in his third trip to the regional spelling bee Saturday at Clovis Community College. The winner will receive a trip to Washington to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “The first time I […]

Education Calendar 2/19

Today • Highland Elementary spelling bee at 10 a.m. in the gym. • Sandia Elementary spelling bee. • CHS Musical “Oklahoma!” 7 p.m. at MJA. Friday • Barry Elementary spelling bee. • Cameo Elementary spelling bee, 9 a.m. • Black history celebration at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy. • Parkview Elementary spelling bee. • CHS Musical […]

Area students want to bee best in spelling competition

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Michael Martinez (left) will compete in the regional spelling bee on March 6 at Clovis Community College. The Tucumcari eighth grader won the regional bee last year and competed at the national championship in Washington. Photo: TV Hagenah. Ryan Lengerich Clovis students are sanguine about a chance to visit Washington, D.C. — and many of […]

Education Calendar 2/12

Today > Family Bingo and Chocolate night, 7 p.m. at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy. > Bingo for Books, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Los Ninos Early Intervention Center. > Family reading night at Parkview Elementary. Friday > Valentine’s Day dance at Yucca Junior High, 7 to 10 p.m. > Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. at […]

Education Calendar 2/5

Today > Yucca Junior High spelling bee will be held. > Kindergarten variety show at Barry Elementary > Sandia Winter Musical today and Friday at Sandia Gym at 6:30 p.m. Friday > Jump rope for heart assembly at Bella Vista Elementary > Staff Development day for various elementary schools. Saturday > Gattis Junior High, Marshall […]

Local speller ousted

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — One by one they strolled to the microphone, all 251 youngsters in the 76th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Each got a word in the one-and-done mistake format; 175 got them right. The rest drew a single clang of the bell, signifying it was time to be escorted to […]

FDR monument highlight of local speller’s daily tour

By Darrel Todd Maurina Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of daily reports from Michael Martinez, the 13-year-old Tucumcari Middle School student from Conchas Dam, who recently won the four-county Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Martinez is in Washington, D.C., with his parents, Joe and Rita Martinez. […]

Local speller waiting for the word

By Janet Bresenham Everyday life in Washington, D.C., usually revolves around the center of American government, political power and the hustle and bustle of bills on Capitol Hill. But today, young people will show the country how to spell success. The 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee begins this morning in the Independence Ballroom […]

Speller doing more than study

Janet Bresenham Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of daily reports from Michael Martinez, the 13-year-old Tucumcari Middle School student from Conchas Dam, who won first place in the recent four-county Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico in Clovis. Martinez is now in Washington, D.C., with his parents, […]