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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

24th Countywide Spelling Bee Champion Named

24th Countywide Spelling Bee Champion Named

Friday, May 24, 2019

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


Salinas, Calif. – For the first time in twenty-four (24) years, all fifty-five (55) spellers spelled correctly in the first round. But that wasn’t the only seemingly impossible feat during today’s Monterey Countywide Spelling Bee. In the 14th round, Samuel Low of Washington Middle School was named the champion after spelling his second consecutive word correctly, impossible.

Samuel, an 8th grader and three time school champion, also correctly spelled abnormal, vanilla, hustings, palette, origami, koan, finesse, comandante, douane, Croesus, schnecke, pickelhaube, and strengthen. Winning the title earns Samuel a trip to National Harbor, Maryland, to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 26 – May 31, 2019.

Second place was a tie between Will Coen, an 8th grader from Pacific Grove Middle School and Grace Wang, an 8th grader from Carmel Middle School. Will correctly spelled whenever, massage, hector, langosta, megalopolis, perfidy, charpoy, lahar, fennec, Weimaraner, and tchotchke. Grace correctly spelled knelt, bambino, Sputnik, incredulous, Meistersinger, pitchblende, precocious, trattoria, wiccan, perestroika, Baedeker, and voortrekker.

Spelling Bee Final Rankings
StudentGradeSchool
First Place
Samuel Low8th gradeWashington Middle School
Tied for Second Place
Will Coen8th gradePacific Grove Middle School
Grace Wang8th gradeCarmel Middle School
Fourth Place
Ben Knapp6th gradeLincoln Elementary School
Fifth Place
Evelyn Ruelas7th gradeNorth Monterey County Middle School
Tied for Sixth Place
Alyssa Bathke8th gradeGavilan View Middle School
Bradley Collins8th gradePalma School
Tied for Eighth Place
Natalia Bustos6th gradeChualar School
Dylan Paladino7th gradeBuena Vista Middle School
Roy Reneker6th gradeAll Saint’s Episcopal Day School
Tied for Eleventh Place
Tabitha Brown8th gradeSan Antonio Elementary School
Ashley Curiel7th gradeSeaside Middle School
Anthony Diaz-Carrillo6th gradeFrank Ledesma Elementary School
Kelsey Dodge7th gradeWalter Colton Middle School
Sebastian Gonzales6th gradePrunedale Elementary School
Tied for Sixteenth Place
Alexandra Dahlstrom6th gradeJunipero Serra School
Fabian Medina7th gradeEl Sausal Middle School
Erandi Robles6th gradeSherwood Elementary School
Lea Uy6th gradeRoosevelt Elementary School
Gabriel Washington6th gradeMission Park School
Tied for Twenty-First Place
Diego Avila Garcia6th gradeMonterey Park Elementary School
Melenie Briones6th gradeEl Gabilan Elementary School
Adrianna Brown8th gradeYork School
Piper Gallego6th gradeElkhorn Elementary School
Ayanna Lee8th gradeMain Street Middle School
Araceli Lopez Sanchez6th gradeBardin Elementary School
Fatima Mendez7th gradeVista Verde Middle School
Katie Noble7th gradeSanta Catalina School
Danielle Quijada6th gradeMonterey Co. Home Charter School
Aleniz Ramirez6th gradeFrank Paul Elementary School
Alexia Raso6th gradeRose Ferraro Elementary School
Breana Sanchez6th gradeSan Vicente Elementary School
Max Stefanioutine7th gradeLos Arboles Middle School
Tied for Thirty-Fourth Place
Isaac Alvarez6th gradeMonte Bella Elementary School
Sabrina Aquino8th gradeSan Benancio Middle School
Alondra Garcia-Bejarano7th gradeBolsa Knolls Middle School
Andrea Gil8th gradeHarden Middle School
Mariah Mendez6th gradeLaurel Wood Elementary School
Maria Pantoja Garcia6th gradeLoma Vista Elementary School
Saul Rodriguez Vargas6th gradeBoronda Meadows Elementary School
Sophia Ruelas6th gradeJohn Steinbeck Elementary School
James Salter6th gradeEcho Valley Elementary School
Sophia Soto6th gradeSan Lucas Elementary School
Hailey Thomas7th gradeLagunita School
Tied for Forty-Fifth Place
Lizette Alapisco6th gradeGabilan Elementary School
Giselle Aguilar6th gradeNatividad Elementary School
Sean Diaz6th gradeUniversity Park School
Hannah Ettinger8th gradeChalone Peaks Middle School
Jose Guerrero6th gradeVirginia Rocca Barton Elementary School
Blake Hofmans7th gradeSan Carlos School
Monica Rodriguez6th gradeJesse Sanchez Elementary School
Abril Ordaz6th gradeHenry Kammann Elementary School
Zehariah Rosas-Marmolejo6th gradeSan Ardo Elementary School
Isabella Valdez8th gradeLa Paz Middle School
David Vera6th gradeDr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy

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