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
By Richard Bammer
James Maravilla, 8, a fourth-grader at Federal Terrace Elementary School in Vallejo earned first place in the 2018 Solano County Elementary Spelling Bee Tuesday night in the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City.
Diego Gonzalez, 12, a sixth-grader at Callison Elementary School in Vacaville, came in second.
With their wins, topping some 50 other spellers in grades four to six, they will represent Solano County at the California State Spelling Bee Championship May 12 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.
Source: Vallejo, Vacaville students earn top spots at Solano County Spelling Bee
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
James Maravilla left the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center Tuesday with a hard-earned trophy after besting 45 other fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in the 42nd annual Solano County Spelling Bee.
The fourth-grader at Federal Terrace Elementary School in Vallejo wasn’t nervous about the words from spellmaster Dave McCallum. It was the size of the standing-room only crowd that concerned him the most.
“It was kind of nerve-wracking and shocking,” James said after the event concluded.
Source: S-U-C-C-E-S-S: 42nd annual Solano County Spelling Bee crowns new champs
By Richard Bammer
Young spelling wizards, including several from Vacaville, will convene Tuesday in Suisun City for the 42nd annual Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee.
The free event, open to fourth- through sixth-grade students in county schools, public and private, begins at 6 p.m. in the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive.
Nearly 50 schools will send their best spellers to participate, including, from Vacaville (a partial list), Angelo Crosby, a sixth-grader at Fairmont Charter School; Hannah Trinh, a fifth-grader at Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy; Rebecca Amar, a fourth-grader at Cambridge Elementary; Su Tyler, a fifth-grader at Sierra Vista K-8; Kennedy Jackson, a sixth-grader at Cooper Elementary; Ximena Capella-Leggett, a sixth-grader at Padan Elementary; Rebecca Flaum, a fifth-grader at Ernest Kimme Charter Academy; Diego Gonzalez, a sixth-grader at Callison Elementary; and Nathan Schittl, a fifth-grader at Heritage Peak Charter School.
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.
Source: Annual spelling bee remains a big hit in Vacaville
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.
Source: Dueling spellers take top prize at citywide spelling bee
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.
Source: Vallejo students top county spelling bee
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.
Source: After 40 rounds plus, more than c-a-p-a-b-l-e
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.
Source: Vallejo sixth-grader grabs second consecutive county spelling championship