2015 National Spanish Spelling Bee Champion Crowned - Resources for your Spanish Classroom
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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Albuquerque played host to the 5th Annual National Spanish Spelling Bee competition sponsored by the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education and Santillana, USA. This unique event took place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Saturday, July 18, 2015. Twenty six spellers representing the states of Oregon, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia and Florida competed in this unique event.
Students and their families from across the USA, arrive in Albuquerque on Thursday, July 16th to begin their preparation for this important competition.
The 26 students have battled through several rounds of local Spanish Spelling Bee competitions in order to represent their home states or regions during this singular event. To be considered correct, students must include in their spelling the special diacritical marks of the Spanish language, such as accents, the tilde and the dieresis.
Master of Ceremonies for the Spanish Spelling Bee was GUERO LOCO (Steven Stiegelmeyer), WINNER OF THE 2011, 2012 and 2013 CHICAGO MUSIC AWARD FOR BEST REGGAETON ENTERTAINER and double award winner in 2013 for Best Latin Entertainer and Best Reggaeton. GueroLoco, a Marine veteran, is a proponent of language learning and encourages young people to learn one or more other languages.
After 3 hours of competition, the group broke for lunch and eight spellers out of the twenty six returned to the stage to finish the competition. Ethan Adamson from the Turlock Unified School District in Turlock, California, was eliminated when he misspelled yuxtaposición. Karla Rivas-Viatoro from Beaverton, Oregon soon followed when she misspelled the word, oligoelemento. Zozobra was the word that eliminated Tim Kuskie from Hillsborough, Oregon. Jbyr Enrique Reynoso-Higrogo was stumped by the word bucofaríngeo. Fourth place winner, María del Sol Nuñez from Gadsden, New Mexico was eliminated when she misspelled pesquisas. The contestant from Miami, Florida, Ashley Samantha Zelaya misspelled the word rehervir to leave the competition. And then there were two.
In a very exciting ending to the competition, Andres Arreola, the current champion from Sunland Park, New Mexico, saw the championship slipping from his grasp as he misspelled tortuosidad. All Kiara Rivas-Vasquez from Beaverton, Oregon had to do to claim the championship was spell tortuosidad correctly and then spell a second word as well. She stepped up to the microphone and confidently and correctly spelled the first word. The next word was añagaza. Unfortunately, she misspelled it and provided Andres the opportunity he needed to retain the championship. He quickly spelled the word correctly and then was given the word omnisciencia. He spelled that one correctly as well and was able to repeat as the 2015 National Spanish Spelling Bee Champion.
New Mexico has had the honor of being the home state of the first five winners of this exceptionally entertaining and challenging competition. The current two-time champion, Mr. Andres Arreola, is from Sunland Park, New Mexico (Gadsden Independent Schools).
New Mexico loses its home court advantage in 2016 as the competition will move to San Antonio, Texas. The date and exact location of the event have yet to be determined.
For event pictures click here.
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