• Pacific Grove Student Places a Decent 6th out of 57 in Spelling Bee

    Seventh Grader Paul Hamrick Wins Spelling Bee, Will Represent Monterey County in Washington D.C.

    The 2017 Monterey Countywide Spelling Bee experience can be summed up with one word – e-n-d-u-r-a-n-c-e. After a record-breaking number of Monterey County students (57) competed during the longest Monterey Countywide Bee in its history, 7th grade student Paul Hamrick, correctly spelled “reparations” to become the new Monterey County spelling champ. Paul, from Lambert Hamrick Homeschool, outlasted 17 rounds and out-spelled 56 other students from schools throughout Monterey County to win the Bee on March 5th at the Western Stage Theatre at Hartnell College.

    As champion, Paul will represent Monterey County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington, D.C. area May 28 – June 4, 2017. Airfare, hotel and expenses for Paul and a parent are sponsored by community partners. Other prizes included the Merriam Webster Third New International Dictionary and champion trophy.

    The order of finishers is as follows:

    In the 17th round, Paul Hamrick was named champion after spelling his second consecutive word correctly, reparations. The 7th grade homeschooler also spelled hypercritical, baration, maraud, penchant, commission, invasive, renown, Baedeker, taiga, zephyr, heifer, Bolshevik, pochismeo, potash, pretzel and complaints.

    Second place went to three-time school champion, Anthony Santa Ana, an 8th grader from Washington Middle School. Anthony correctly spelled syllabus, pylon, truism, multiverse, thistle, apparatchik, euphemism, raita, basmati, malihini, mattock, expertise and digestive.

    Third place went to Heidi Hansch, an 8th grader at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, who correctly spelled surrealist, adequacy, summitry, redact, beacon, halal, dossier, serdab, commissar, lieutenant, streusel, shogun, finale, and nonsense.

    Fourth Place: James Beck, 7th grade, Monterey County Home Charter School

    Fifth Place: Garrett Fernandez, 8th grade, Junipero Serra School

    Tied for Sixth Place: Alison Eng, 8th grade, Pacific Grove Middle School
    Osvaldo Garcia, 8th grade, Chualar Union Elementary School

    Eighth Place: Kevin Martinez, 8th grade, Palma School

    Ninth Place: Colin Hunt, 7th grade, Santa Catalina School

    Tenth Place: Mia Sanchez, 7th grade, El Sausal Middle School

    Tied for Eleventh Place: Leo Burks, 8th grade, York School
    Anna Michelle Chassion, 7th grade, Buena Vista Middle School
    Lawson Marshall, 8th grade, Lagunita School
    Peyton Ross, 7th grade, San Benancio Middle School
    Stephanie Sanchez, 6thgrade, Monte Bella Elementary School
    Hugo Sinay, 6th grade, Oscar F. Loya School
    Jaime Velasquez, 8th grade, San Lucas School
    Grace Wang, 6th grade, Carmel Middle School

    Tied for 20th Place
    Rena Babb, 6th grade, San Antonio School
    Nayeli Mendoza, 8th grade, Main Street Middle School
    Barbara Ramirez, 6th grade, Boronda Meadows School
    Jennifer Rios, 7th grade, Vista Verde Middle School

    Tied for 24th Place
    Serenity Alarcon, 6th grade, Laurel Wood School
    Gustavo Blas, 6th Grade, Bardin School
    Dagny Brej, 8th grade, San Carlos School
    Uriel Cardenas, 6th grade, Frank Ledesma School
    Maddlynn Cardoso, 6th grade, Monterey Park School
    Dominic Chavez, 6th grade, Rose Ferrero School
    Jaden Cox, 6th grade, Elkhorn Elementary School
    Ryan Delosreyes, 6th grade, Walter Colton Middle School
    Kristin Diaz, 6th grade, University Park school
    Cadence Eskue, 6th grade, Loma Vista Elementary School
    Felix Espinosa, 6th grade, Henry Kammann School
    Maritza Garcia, 6th grade, Sherwood School
    Aaliyah Gonzalez, 6th grade, San Vicente School
    Rylee Guthrie, 6th grade, John Steinbeck School
    Genesis Lopez, 7th grade, La Paz Middle School
    Samuel Low, 6th grade, Mission Park School
    Sophia Oliva, 7th grade, Fairview Middle School
    Ethan Willis, 7th grade, North Mo. Co. Middle School

    Tied for 42nd Place; Sergio Cabrera, 6th grade, Roosevelt School
    Rigo Garcia, 6th grade, Dual Language Academy, Mo. Peninsula
    Jose Guzman, 6th grade, Frank Paul School
    Sean Lapitan, 6th grade, Natividad Elementary School
    Ayanna Lee, 6th grade, Gabilan Elementary School
    Angelina Martinez, 8th grade, Chalone Peaks Middle School
    Jahaziel Mendoza, 6th grade Dr. Martin Luther King Academy
    Jasmynne Oliva, 6th grade, Prunedale Elementary
    Dayana Ramirez, 6th grade, Fremont School
    Daphne Renteria, 6th grade, Jack Franscioni School
    Edwin Rodriguez, 7th grade, Harden Middle School
    Elizabeth Rojas, 6th grade, Virginia Rocca Barton School
    Daijia Marie Sanchez, 6th grade, Lincoln School
    Joshua Torres, 8th grade, Seaside Middle School

    Tied for 56th Place: Guadalupe Alvarez, 6th grade, Echo Valley Elementary School
    Julian Santiago, 6th grade, Creekside Elementary School

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 6, 2017

    Topics: Front PG News

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