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December 21st, 2009
Goodnight and Mendez have spelling bee winners

1geogroupRow one, left to right: Sponsor Amy Conrad, Felix Aguon (1st), Jenny McGinnty (3rd), Lindsay Ferguson (2nd) and Sponsor Cheryl Blake. Row two, left to right: Max Murdoch, Jesus Garza, Jordan Dominquez, Isaiah Zavala, Chelsea Davis, Jamie Martinez and A.J. Hill. Row three, left to right: Joshua Alcaraz, Jose Torres, Joshua Castillo, Jordyn Lattie and Rene Robles. Row four, left to right: Dakota Bonestele, Charles Vidrine, Robert Rocha, Jr., Nicholas Delarosa, & Chrystal Hilstock.

STAFF REPORT

Goodnight Middle School and Mendez Elementary School recently put students through their spelling paces as part of the National Geographic Spelling Bee.

The winner of the Spelling Bees will advance to the next level of competition, which is entails a written examination to determine state competitors.  All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and the first prize, a $25,000 scholarship. The national competition will take place May 25-26 in Washington D.C.

Goodnight Middle School had 22 students make it to the final round. In a tie-breaker held to narrow the list, the top three students competed for first place. Felix Aguon, a sixth grade student, received the first place medal. Second place went to Lindsay Furguson and Jenny McGinty was third.

Aguon has taken the written examination and is now waiting on the results.

Meanwhile, at Mendez Elementary, teachers Brenda Butler and Kelly Posey administered the National Geographic Spelling Bee. The first and second place winners at Mendez Elementary were, respectively Israel Morphin and Zachary Pensiero.

The National Geographic Society, for the 22nd year, is holding the National Geographic Spelling Bee for students in the fourth through the eighth grades. Eligible schools range from thousands of schools across America as well as the five U.S. territories and Department of Defense dependents schools around the world. Google is sponsoring the 2010 Bee.

1.IsraelMendez winners, left to right,  Zachary Pensiero and Israel Morphin.

3geoGoodnight Middle School’s top three,  left to right: Jenny McGinty (3rd), Felix Aguon (1st), & Lindsay Ferguson (2nd).

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