By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer
Accent marks were just as important as letters in this spelling bee.
GUILLE VILLALOBOS outshone the competition Feb. 10 at the Clovis Schools Spanish spelling bee when he correctly placed the accent over the first ‘a’ in lampara (lamp in English).
THE GATTIS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL seventh-grader spelled impuesto (tax in English) to nab first place.
Villalobos will represent Clovis Schools on April 28 at the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education State Spanish Spelling Bee.
THE STATE SPANISH spelling bee is the only one of its kind in the country, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release.
About 35 students from New Mexico school districts will “compete for the right to be called the best Spanish speller in New Mexico,” said Margaret Briseno, the Clovis Schools Spanish Spelling Bee Coordinator.
IN THE CLOVIS Spanish Spelling Bee, Arnoldo Loya, a fifth-grader at James Bickley Elementary, finished second and Vianney Jacques, a sixth-grader at Lockwood Elementary, was third.
Last year, Daina Gallegos, represented Clovis Schools and placed third in the state competition.
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