Local speller eyes spot on TV

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Lucas Donaldson is traveling more than 1,500 miles to spell words most people can’t pronounce. The Zia Elementary student, who begins sixth grade in the fall, will compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee beginning today in Washington, D.C. Donaldson said he would be studying late Tuesday in […]

Literacy council sponsoring adult spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Little tikes are usually behind the mikes at spelling bees. Not so at this bee. The Curry County Literacy Council is sponsoring its first spelling bee for adults. Teams of four will tackle commonly misspelled words from an array of categories, including mythical creatures, rock bands and countries of […]

Area students moving to state Spanish spelling bee

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Three students from eastern New Mexico will face their fears of getting up in front of a big crowd Saturday as well as the best Spanish spellers in New Mexico. The New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee competition is the ultimate goal for the student spellers who speak Spanish. The spelling […]

Good conscience worth its weight in gold

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The third grade is when I learned that a good conscience is really worth its weight in gold. The lesson came from an unlikely episode. I was in Mrs. Hood’s third-grade class at Highland Elementary School in Clovis. Mrs. Hood had a routine for spelling. On Mondays, we were introduced […]

Zia Elementary fifth-grader advances to national bee

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Zia Elementary fifth-grader Lucas Donaldson, 10, waits in his seat for the next round during the 2006 Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Stephanie Stancell did the prerequisite work on “prerequisite,” studying the word and practicing its spelling, she said. But when […]

CCC hosting spelling contest

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The fate of the young contestants hinge on words that are rarely used in daily speech and rarely seen in ink: “Samovar,” a metal urn; “nisse,” a friendly goblin of Scandinavian folklore that frequents farm buildings; “torrenticole,” an organism that lives in swiftly flowing water. But it isn’t the […]

3/9 Education digest

Oil, acrylic exhibit on display at CCC An oil and acrylic exhibit by artist Bobby Wied will be displayed at the Clovis Community College through April 28. Wied gathered reference material for the exhibit, “Palo Duro Canyon,” over the past 40 years, through exploration of the park in all seasons. N.M. recognized for pre-k education […]

Christ offers new beginning on far greater scale

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Oh, the days of buying school supplies. This time of year it is hard not to notice those long store aisles of notebooks, paper, pencil boxes and backpacks. When I was a child, there were certain preparation activities that surrounded the beginning of another school year. The whole process started […]

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 […]

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 […]

A good conscience can bring one peace

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The third grade is when I learned that a good conscience is really worth its weight in gold. The lesson came from an unlikely episode. I was in Mrs. Hood’s third-grade class at Highland Elementary School in Clovis. Mrs. Hood had a routine for spelling. On Mondays, we were introduced to […]

‘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 […]