Join us for the Countywide Spelling Bee March 4th

Sixty-one spellers compete at Hartnell College. 

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Join us for the Countywide Spelling Bee March 4th

Join us for the Countywide Spelling Bee March 4th

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018

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



Salinas, Calif. –

Sunday March 4, 2018

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-one 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 27 – June 1, 2018.


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:

Krystal Acosta, 6th grader at El Gabilan Elementary School

Mary Alvarez, 6th grader at Loma Vista Elementary School

Colton Amaral, 8th grader at Palma School

Katherine Amaro, 6th grader at Frank Ledesma Elementary School

Marilyn Amaro, 7th grader at North Monterey County Middle School

Aria Asmuth, 7th grader at Dual Language Academy of the Monterey Peninsula

Hannah Barrera, 6th grader of Jack Franscioni Elementary School

Alyssa Bathke, 7th grader at Gavilan View Middle School

James Beck, 8th grader at Anthem Christian School

Brandon Beltran, 6th grader at Prunedale Elementary School

Diego Calderon, 6th grader at Virginia Rocca Barton Elementary School

Audrey Cardoso, 6th grader at Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary School

Anna Chassion, 8th grader at Buena Vista Middle School

Melissa Chaverrine, 6th grader at Cesar Chavez Elementary School

Abraham Chavez, 6th grader at Natividad Elementary School

Ricardo Chavez Corona, 6th grader at Echo Valley Elementary School

Steven Chen, 6th grader at Henry Kammann Elementary School

Daniel Cheng, 8th grader at Pacific Grove Middle School

Casey Cortez, 8th grader at Carmel Middle School

Dominic Criscitiello, 8th grader at York School

Nicole Dickman, 7th grader at Madonna del Sasso School

Michael Edwards, 7th grader at San Benancio Middle School

Denisse Emeterio, 8th grader at Harden Middle School

Maria Flores, 6th grader at Frank Paul Elementary School

Alondra Gallegos, 6th grader at Sherwood Elementary School

Lucia Garcia, 7th grader at Chalone Peaks Middle School

Mauricio Garcia Davalos, 6th grader at Castroville Elementary

Valeria Garcia Lopez, 6th grader at Boronda Meadows Elementary School

Yaretzy Godinez-Ortiz, 6th grader at Laurel Wood Elementary School

Claire Gonzales, 6th grader at Monterey Park Elementary School

Edson Gonzales, 6th grader at Alisal Community School

Dylan Gowdy, 6th grader at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School

Paul Hamrick, 8th grader at Lambert Hamrick Homeschool

Lexiss Herrera, 6th grader at Elkhorn Elementary School

Loretta Ibarra, 8th grader at San Ardo School

Jose Juarez, 6th grader at Roosevelt Elementary School

Taylor King, 6th grader at San Lucas School

Jake Larson, 8th grader at Junipero Serra School

Nico Lewis, 7th grader at Monterey County Home Charter School

Samuel Low, 7th grader at Washington Middle School

Kayla Marin, 8th grader at La Paz Middle School

Julian Mendoza, 6th grader at Mission Park Elementary School

Consuelo Merino, 6th grader at San Vincente Elementary School

Aryan Nahal, 8th grader at Bolsa Knolls Middle School

Kimberly Navarro, 6th grader at Bardin Elementary School

Gracie Nelson, 8th grader at San Antonio Elementary School

Katie Noble, 6th grader at Santa Catalina Middle School

Edgar Plancarte, 7th grader at El Sausal Middle School

Joaquin Ramirez, 6th grader at Rose Ferrero Elementary School

Kiana Michelle Randolph, 6th grader at Lincoln Elementary School

Nancy Rodriguez, 6th grader at Gabilan Elementary School

Shane Rollin, 6th grader at Vista Verde Middle School

Aundrea Romero, 6th grader at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy

Luis Ruiz, 6th grader at Seaside Middle School

Megan Sacyat, 8th grader at Main Street Middle School

Samantha Santos, 6th grader at Monte Bella Elementary School

Sierra Short, 8th grader at Lagunita School

Rubina Shrestha, 8th grader at San Carlos School

Maxim (Max) Stefanioutine, 6th grader at Los Arboles Middle School

Gabino Valladares, 6th grader at Creekside Elementary School

Geovanni Velazquez-Reyes, 6th grader at John E. Steinbeck Elementary School


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