By Richard Bammer
The words started out fairly simple: “warmth,” “center,” “feather.” Easy as p-i-e.
But by the time word pronouncer Dave McCallum uttered “dissemble,” “ductile,” then “raccoon,” the first of 12 elementary students left the stage and 11 remained to vie for top honors Tuesday night at the 2023 Solano County Spelling Bee at Journey Downtown in Vacaville.
Following those words were several more difficult ones, among them “nectar;” “miscellaneous,” which tripped up three students; “interim,” which eliminated four, leaving three seated at tables that stretched across the stage; “cynical,” which humbled one more; “zephyr,” which left two contestants.
Source: And the winning word was ‘b-i-r-e-t-t-a’ – The Vacaville Reporter
By Rebecca Wasik
Two students from Notre Dame K-8 School in Vacaville secured wins in the elementary and junior high school divisions of the Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee on Wednesday at Will C. Wood High School’s Catwalk Theater.
The champion of the elementary school division is sixth-grader Luke Bantique. The winner of the junior high division is seventh-grader Margrethe Lim.
Source: Notre Dame School students sweep the Vacaville Citywide Spelling Bee – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
It is spelling season in Vacaville.
All throughout the city, students at different schools are competing for spots in both the city and county spelling bees. On Thursday, it was Cooper Elementary School’s turn. A total of 21 students listened as different words were pronounced as they attempted to write them down in a notebook, staying on stage if they spelled a word correctly and leaving if they misspelled two.
This went on for more than 20 rounds until three remained. Sixth-grader Azamat Kokoev, sixth-grader Marcelo Sing and fifth-grader Audrey Echevarria clinched first, second and third place respectively. All three will go on to represent Cooper at the Vacaville Rotary Club’s Citywide Spelling Bee on March 22, and Azamat and Marcelo will compete in the Solano County Spelling Bee March 16. If either wins that competition, they could represent Solano in the California State Elementary Spelling Bee.
Source: Cooper students buzz to city spelling bee – The Vacaville Reporter
By Richard Bammer
Luke Reed tripped on the 11th word, “carcinogen,” which Avery Chizauskie aced, and then word pronouncer David McCallum said in a booming voice, “Let’s hear it for our top two spellers!”
Some 60 people in the audience applauded and Chizauskie, 12 and a sixth-grader at Browns Valley Elementary in Vacaville appearing to be in momentary shock, then flashed a smile as she was declared the first-place winner of the 46th Annual Solano County Spelling Bee Tuesday night in Vacaville.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said during a brief interview afterward, holding her hefty 2-foot-high trophy inside the Journey Downtown auditorium on Main Street, where the bee was held, as her parents, Tim and Samantha Chizauskie, looked on.
Source: Headed to the state b-e-e – The Vacaville Reporter
Avery Chizauskie, 12, a sixth-grader at Browns Valley Elementary School reacts as she is declared the winner after correctly spelling the word “carcinogen” in the finals of the 2022 Solano County Spelling Bee Tuesday at Journey Downtown in Vacaville. Avery was one of 12 finalists who competed to be the county’s top spelling and a berth in the statewide tournament on May 14 in Stockton. For a story on the winners and more photos from the spelling bee.
Source: Photo: County’s top spellers compete for a berth in state tournament – The Vacaville Reporter
Twelve fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from across Solano County will compete Tuesday in the final round of the Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee.
The event will start at 6 p.m. at Journey Downtown Coffee, 308 Main St. in Vacaville. The top two spellers will advance to the state competition May 14 in Stockton.
The initial round of the county competition was held March 27 with the top 12 moving on to the final round. There were 79 participants in the preliminary competition.
Source: Final round of Solano County Spelling Bee is Tuesday
By Joel Rosenbaum
Avery Chizauskie of Browns Valley Elementary School pauses as she works out how to spell the word, “faint,” during the second round in the Elementary School division in the 2022 Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee Wednesday in the Catwalk Theater at Will C. Wood High School. Avery was one of nearly 55 students from around Vacaville vying to be crowned the city’s top speller. For a full story and more images from the competition, see Friday’s Reporter or online later today at thereporter.com.
Source: Photo: Vacaville Students Compete To Be Top Speller – The Vacaville Reporter
The preliminary round of the 46th annual Solano County Spelling Bee will be held virtually Saturday.
The Spelling Bee is open to all public and private schools serving fourth- through sixth-grade students. This year, 45 Solano schools have enrolled to participate, bringing the two top spellers from each school to compete.
Solano County Office of Education hosts and coordinates the competition each year with Travis Credit Union serving as a long-standing sponsor.
Source: Solano County Spelling Bee set to begin virtually
A Cooper Elementary School sixth-grader is the top speller this year in Solano County.
Olivia Miyashiro correctly spelled “faucet” for the first-place position, the Solano County Office of Education announced Wednesday.
The finals were held Tuesday via Zoom.
Xian Felicisimo, a fourth-grader from Nelda Mundy Elementary School in Fairfield, was a formidable competitor who won second-place overall, the announcement said.
Source: Vacaville girl wins Solano County Spelling Bee
A Vacaville Unified elementary student on Tuesday bested a Fairfield-Suisun Unified student to be declared Solano County’s top speller during the annual countywide spelling bee.
Cooper sixth-grader Olivia Miyashiro correctly spelled “faucet” to edge out Xian Felicisimo, a Nelda Mundy fourth-grader.
Jennifer Leonard, assistant superintendent of communications and community engagement for the Solano County Office of Education, announced the results in a press release issued Wednesday.
SCOE hosted the final round of the 45th annual event, open to all public and private school students in fourth through sixth grades, at 6 p.m., when the bee’s final round was held via Zoom, so the public could watch the top 10 contenders compete for the title, she noted in the prepared statement.
Source: Vaca sixth-grader rules as Solano’s top speller – The Reporter
That is what some of Solano County’s top wordsmiths in fourth through sixth grade will be demonstrating when the Solano County Office of Education hosts its 45th annual Spelling Bee, which will be held virtually this year. The preliminary round will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the top spellers advancing to the final round on April 13.
According to an SCOE news release, 25 public and private schools from throughout the county are on tap to participate in this event.
Source: SCOE hosting virtual spelling bee – The Reporter
The preliminary rounds of the 45th annual Solano County Spelling Bee are scheduled to start Saturday and will feature participants from 25 schools.
The contest is open to all public and private schools serving fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.
“Spelling bees serve as a way to improve a student’s comprehension skills; strengthen listening, spelling and writing proficiencies, while expanding on a student’s extensive vocabulary,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “Students participating in the Spelling Bee competition also have the opportunity to gain confidence in public speaking and learn to be gracious winners, while having fun with their peers.”
Source: Prelims of Solano County Spelling Bee set to begin Saturday – virtually
BY Daily Republic Staff
Top student spellers in fourth through sixth grades from Solano County elementary and middle schools competed Tuesday for the title of Solano County Champion Speller.
Fifty-three Solano County schools participated in this year’s event in McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo.
“An event such as this affords students the opportunity to strengthen comprehension, listening, spelling and writing skills while paving the way to building a broader vocabulary,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a press release. “Students participating in this competition gained confidence in public speaking and learned to be gracious winners, while having fun with their peers.”
Source: Vacaville, Vallejo students earn county’s top speller honors
By Thomas Gase
Word: Flout. Definition: Openly disregard (a rule, law or convention). Used in a sentence: Jackson Ady seemed to flout any notion at the Solano County Fairgrounds that he couldn’t spell well.
The 11-year-old fifth-grader from Kairos Public, a Charter School in Vacaville, defied any notion he couldn’t come through in a pressure situation, winning the Solano County Spelling Bee on Tuesday night when he spelled “flout” correctly.
Ady was the only contestant to spell six words correctly, going 6-for-6. No other person spelled more than four words correctly.Ady will move on to the California State Spelling Bee, set for May 9 in Stockton.
Source: Jackson Ady spells ‘victory’ at Solano County Spelling Bee – Times-Herald
By Daily Republic Staff
The 44th Annual Solano County Spelling Bee will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo.
The spelling bee is open to all public and private schools serving students in fourth- through sixth-graders. Each eligible school can register one student who has been certified as their school’s champion speller. There are 53 schools participating this year.
Two top spellers from this event will represent Solano County at the California State Spelling Bee Championship, scheduled May 9 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.
Source: Solano spelling bee comes to Vallejo
By Nick Sestanovich
Could Nash Martinez of Willis Jepson Middle School be considered the Stephen Curry of Vacaville spellers? He already knows something about back-to-back championships.
Nash was the winner in the middle school division of the Vacaville Rotary Club’s Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee, held Wednesday at Will C. Wood High School’s Catwalk Theatre. He had previously won in the elementary competition last year as a student at Alamo Elementary School.
This year, the top elementary honor went to Cooper student Olivia Minashiro, who bested nearly 50 other students at her grade level.
Source: Jepson, Cooper students buzz past competition in city spelling bee – The Reporter
By Kimberly K. Fu
It took nearly four hours Tuesday to crown Solano County’s top wordsmiths.
In the end, Ahimsa Stathis, a fifth grader from Mare Island Health and Fitness Academy in Vallejo and Makaiden Velando, a fourth grader from Cordelia Hills Elementary School in Fairfield, took the top spots in the Solano County 2019 Spelling Bee.
Words like “gourmet” and “maudlin” and “rodomontade” were thrown around, and spellers from around the county rose to the challenge. They asked clarifying questions and spelled words that would stump many an adult, all without breaking a sweat.
Source: Vallejo, Fairfield youths Solano’s top spellers – The Reporter
By Maggie Avants
Top student spellers from 48 Solano County elementary and middle schools competed this week for the title of Solano County Champion Speller. The annual spelling bee composed of fourth- through sixth-graders was held Tuesday, March 5 at the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City.
After a grueling three-and-a-half-hour competition during which more than three-dozen students were tasked with spelling words ranging from “daisy” to “rodomontade” and “panegyric,” the top two spellers emerged.
Source: Solano County’s 2019 Spelling Bee Champions Announced | Suisun City, CA Patch
By Nick Sestanovich
Definition: having or showing great knowledge or learning.
Used in a sentence: Boy, those kids in Vacaville sure are erudite when it comes to spelling.
A student from Alamo Elementary School and another from Vaca Pena Middle School proved themselves as this year’s top wordsmiths in their respective levels of schooling. Nash Martinez and Alexis Abadiano were the big winners at Wednesday’s Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee.
Hosted by the Vacaville Rotary Club at Will C. Wood High School’s Catwalk Theater, the bee is named after a former Vacaville High School principal who was dedicated to the education of students.
Source: T-R-I-U-M-P-H-A-N-T: Alamo, Vaca Pena students win big at spelling bee – The Reporter
By Richard Bammer
A fourth-grader and one of the smallest contenders, James Maravilla, 8, a student at Federal Terrace Elementary School in Vallejo, confidently spelled “vengeance.”
Facing off against James, Diego Gonzalez, 12, a sixth-grader at Callison Elementary School in Vacaville, then stumbled on the word “masquerade.”
At about 7:45 p.m., in the sixth round, one hour and 45 minutes after the 2018 Solano County Elementary Spelling Bee started, word pronouncer Dave McCallum of Vacaville, a well-known KUIC-FM personality and former Vacaville Unified trustee, then declared James as the top elementary speller in the county, prompting applause from families, friends, relatives and leaders from the Solano County Office of Education, sponsor of the 42nd annual event.
Source: Solano County Speller