Annual spelling bee remains a big hit in Vacaville – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

They gathered Wednesday for the annual elementary and middle school spell-off in Vacaville, once again occasionally fidgeting, squirming, rolling their eyes and even using their palms and fingers to write out words. Generally, no sweat was detected during the nearly four-hour event.

In the end, at this year’s version of the Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee, Elizabeth Dibb-Islas, 11, a sixth-grader in the ACE program at Hemlock Elementary School, came out on top, besting 47 other students.

After 17 rounds — at about 8:10 p.m., two hours after the competition began and to the relief of all on and offstage — she correctly and confidently spelled “flexibility” in the nearly full Catwalk Theatre at Will C. Wood High School. Dibb-Islas, earned $100, a plaque, and bragging rights as the top elementary-level speller.

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Dueling spellers take top prize at citywide spelling bee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

They gathered Wednesday for an annual spell-off in Vacaville, once again occasionally fidgeting, squirming, rolling their eyes and even using their palms and fingers to write out words.

In the end, at this year’s version of the Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee, Elizabeth Dibb-Islas, 11, a sixth-grader in the ACE program at Hemlock Elementary School, came out on top.

After 17 rounds, she correctly spelled “flexibility” in the nearly full Catwalk Theatre at Will C. Wood High School. Dibb-Islas, earned $100, a plaque, and bragging rights as the top elementary-level speller.

The middle school winner is Ellison Domingo, 13, an eighth-grader at Notre Dame School.

After 27 rounds, he too won $100 and a plaque for correctly spelling “somnambulist.”

Dibb-Islas and Domingo automatically qualify for the 42nd Annual Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee March 6 at the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City.

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Vallejo students top county spelling bee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Call it the luck of the draw, but David Whitwell correctly spelled “interrupt,” smiling at his success, and Amid Brock Jr. stumbled on “neuropathy,” arguably, a tougher word, then word pronouncer Ken Scarberry declared David the winner of the 2017 Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee.

As first- and second-place finishers of the 41st annual event, held Tuesday night at the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City, the boys, both students in Vallejo City Unified schools, will next test their spelling mettle at the state championship, May 13, at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.

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After 40 rounds plus, more than c-a-p-a-b-l-e – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Young students who gathered Wednesday for an annual spell-off in Vacaville were seen, by turns, fidgeting, squirming, rolling their eyes and even using their palms and fingers to write out words, silent testimony to the following question: How do you solve a problem like the English language?

In the end, at the 2017 Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee, only one of 48 elementary students, Orchard sixth-grader Caitlin Peck, and one of 26 middle school students, Vacaville Christian eighth-grader Caitlin Sweany, were remotely able to answer the question through 40 or more rounds each, one word at a time, from any of the several different languages that comprise ever-evolving modern English, a hallmark of one of the world’s most common and sometimes frustrating languages.

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Vallejo sixth-grader grabs second consecutive county spelling championship – Times Herald

By Chris Riley

It was a sweet French wine that helped sixth-grader Gabriella Pasami capture her second consecutive Solano County Spelling Bee Championship on Monday night. No, she wasn’t partaking, but “Sauterne” was the winning word.

It was apparent that the final word gave Gabriella some concern, but as the definition was read, a slight head nod and small grin reassured her familiarity with the vocabulary.

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Top spellers to gather Monday at county bee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Will March 7 be a landmark day for Vacaville’s top elementary-school speller, Notre Dame sixth-grader Ellison Domingo?

Will he be hailed, after probably more than two dozen rounds, as the No. 1 speller at the county bee Monday, when the 40th annual Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee ends at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center in Suisun City?

The event, open to students countywide in grades four to six, from either public or private schools, begins at 6 p.m. in the 611 Village Drive center.

The county competition is an oral contest. District staff, school staff, and the contestant’s family are welcome to attend the event, said Ken Scarberry, a spokesman for the bee.

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County spelling bee set for March 7 – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Will Vacaville’s top elementary-school speller, Notre Dame sixth-grader Ellison Domingo, come out on top at the county bee?

We will know March 7, when the 40th annual Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee ends at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center in Suisun City.

The event, open to students countywide in grades four to six, from either public or private schools, begins at 6 p.m. in the 611 Village Drive center.

The county competition is an oral contest. District staff, school staff, and the contestant’s family are welcome to attend the event, said Ken Scarberry, a spokesman for the bee.

via County spelling bee set for March 7.