Local speller ousted

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — One by one they strolled to the microphone, all 251 youngsters in the 76th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Each got a word in the one-and-done mistake format; 175 got them right. The rest drew a single clang of the bell, signifying it was time to be escorted to […]

FDR monument highlight of local speller’s daily tour

By Darrel Todd Maurina Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of daily reports from Michael Martinez, the 13-year-old Tucumcari Middle School student from Conchas Dam, who recently won the four-county Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Martinez is in Washington, D.C., with his parents, Joe and Rita Martinez. […]

Local speller waiting for the word

By Janet Bresenham Everyday life in Washington, D.C., usually revolves around the center of American government, political power and the hustle and bustle of bills on Capitol Hill. But today, young people will show the country how to spell success. The 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee begins this morning in the Independence Ballroom […]

Speller doing more than study

Janet Bresenham Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of daily reports from Michael Martinez, the 13-year-old Tucumcari Middle School student from Conchas Dam, who won first place in the recent four-county Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico in Clovis. Martinez is now in Washington, D.C., with his parents, […]