February 28, 2013
Rhea Kommerell, a fifth grader at Washington School in Santa Barbara, took first place in the elementary division of the Santa Barbara County Spelling Bee Feb. 26 by correctly spelling “xenophobic.” Anne Burdette, a sixth grader at Monroe School in Santa Barbara, took second place with “spectrometer.” Third place went to Henry Urschel, a sixth grader at Montecito Union School. His winning word was “genealogy.”
In the junior high division, first place went to Shaoni White, an eighth grader at Goleta Valley Jr. High, whose winning word was “recessionary.” Second place went to Rafael Saavedra, an eighth grader at La Colina Junior High, who correctly spelled “trousseau.” Third place was won by Cemre Koc, an eighth grader at Santa Barbara Junior High, whose winning word was “virulence.”
The two top winners in each division will proceed to the state level.
The 2013 State Junior High Spelling Bee will be held May 11 at Miller Creek Middle School in San Rafael. The 2013 Elementary State Spelling Bee will be held April 20 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.
Further information is available from Rose Koller at 964-4710, ext. 5222.