Yucca student makes it to second round of national spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer WASHINGTON — Clovis’ Zachary Gillooly spelled decoupage — the art of decorating surfaces by applying cutouts — without a hitch, but he did not advance beyond the second round of the 78th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Gillooly, two-time regional spelling champ, did not score enough points Wednesday in […]

Local spelling champ goes national

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Zach Gillooly, 13, will compete in the 78th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee beginning Wednesday in Washington. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The dictionary, tilted slightly, nearly engulfed an entire cushion on the Gillooly’s L-shaped couch. Sitting diagonally from the 2,662 page reference book, with his hands folded in his […]

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 […]

‘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 […]