The end of the Cortada 6th Grade Spelling Bee proved to be a nail-biter. After 10 worthy competitors were eliminated – two students remained on stage - Samantha Lam and Charles Tran. Samantha misspelled vengeance and then Charles spelled it correctly. Now he only had to correctly spell one more word to be the winner. There was eager anticipation in the crowd of but then, to the relief of Samantha, Charles misspelled personnel. They were even again. There were a few more rounds of challenging words and then Samantha missed controversial. Again, the crowd grew antsy wanting there to be a winner. Charles successfully spelled controversial and then spelled diligence for the win.
At the conclusion of the event, Principal Brenda Ruiz presented each participant with a trophy. Samantha was honored with a second place trophy and will serve as Cortada’s alternate at the district spelling bee. Charles accepted his extra-large trophy with a smile. His diligence in studying for the spelling bee certainly paid off!
Special recognition to sixth grade teacher Lily Chung for organizing a successful event. Thanks to Spell Master Kari McWhirter and Judges Virginia Castro, Heidi Ragan and Connie Acquazzino – all from the Department of Instruction.
Cortada Spelling Bee Participants
Charles Tran - 1st place
Samantha Lam - 2nd place