2017 MCOE Spelling Bee This Sunday

Sixty spellers will meet March 5th to spell their way to v-i-c-t-o-r-y. 

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

2017 MCOE Spelling Bee This Sunday

2017 MCOE Spelling Bee This Sunday

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017

Contact: Jessica Hull / Communications and Public Relations Officer 831.784.4245 (o), 209.679.4858 (c)


Salinas, Calif. –

Sunday March 5, 2017

1:30 p.m.

Hartnell College, Western Stage Theater

411 Central Avenue

Salinas, CA 93901

Turn off your autocorrect, pull out the dictionary, and prepare for an intense afternoon of spelling this Sunday! The Countywide Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Monterey County Office of Education and community partners, will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Hartnell College.

Sixty students – all winners of spelling bees at their individual schools – are scheduled to compete. These students, the best middle school spellers in the county, will gather for an afternoon of competitive spelling, attempting to spell their way to the grand prize of a trip to National Harbor, Maryland, to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 28 – June 4, 2017.

The National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, and is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea. The purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English language usage that will help them all their lives.

Sunday’s Countywide Spelling Bee is admission-free and the public is invited to attend. Free parking is available on the Hartnell campus. 

Participating spellers are:

Serenity Alarcon, Laurel Wood Elementary.

Guadalupe Alvarez, Echo Valley Elementary

Selsela Arsala, Los Arboles Middle School

Rena Babb, San Antonio Elementary School           

Giovanna Bautista, Alisal Community School

James Beck, Monterey Co. Home Charter School

Gustavo Blas, Bardin Elementary School

Dagny Brej, San Carlos School

Leo Burks, York School

Sergio Cabrera, Roosevelt Elementary School

Uriel Cardenas, Frank Ledesma Elementary School

Maddlyn Cardoso, Mission Park School

Anna Michelle Chassion, Buena Vista Middle School

Dominic Chavez, Rose Ferrero Elementary School

Jayden Cox, Elkhorn Elementary School

Ryan Delosreyes, Colton Middle School

Kristen Diaz, University Park School

Alison Eng, Pacific Grove Middle School

Cadence Eskue, Loma Vista Elementary School

Felix Espinosa, Kammann Elementary School        

Garrett Fernandez, Junipero Serra School

Maritza Garcia, Sherwood Elementary School

Osvaldo Garcia, Chualar Elementary School

Rigo Garcia, Dual Language Academy, Mo. Peninsula

Aaliyah Gonzalez, San Vicente Elementary School

Rylee Guthrie, John Steinbeck School

Jose Guzman, Frank Paul Elementary School

Paul Hamrick, Lambert Hamrick Homeschool

Heidi Hansch, All Saints’ Episcopal Day School

Colin Hunt, Santa Catalina School

Sean Lapitan, Natividad Elementary School

Ayanna Lee, Gavilan Elementary School

Genesis Lopez, La Paz Middle School

Samuel Low, Mission Park Elementary School

Lawson Marshall, Lagunita School

Kevin Martinez, Palma School

Angelina Mendoza, Chalone Peaks Middle School

Jahaziel Mendoza, Dr. Martin Luther King Academy

Nayeli Mendoza, Main Street Middle School

Jasmynne Oliva, Prunedale Elementary School

Sophia Oliva, Fairview Middle School

Barbara Ramirez, Boronda Meadows School

Dayana Ramirez, Fremont Elementary School

Daphne Renteria, Jack Franscioni Elementary

Jennifer Rios, Vista Verde Middle School

Edwin Rodriguez,  Harden Middle School. 

Elizabeth Rojas, Virginia Rocca Barton School

Peyton Ross, San Benancio Middle School

Daijia Marie Sanchez, Lincoln Elementary School

Mia Sanchez, El Sausal Middle School     

Stephanie Sanchez, Monte Bella Elementary School

Anthony Santa Ana, Washington Middle School

Julian Santiago, Creekside Elementary School

Hugo Sinay, Oscar F. Loya Elementary School

Joshua Torres, Seaside Middle School

Jaime Velasquez, San Lucas Elementary School

Angelina Velazquez, Los Padres Elementary School

Grace Wang, Carmel Middle School

Ethan Willis, No. Monterey Co. Middle School

Bella Young, Stevenson School


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