Education digest —

Curry County spelling bee winners Ariel Kokoricha, fourth-grade student at Clovis Christian School, was declared champion of the Curry County spelling bee Friday. Kokoricha won the competition in the eighth round with the word epilepsy. Runner-up was Alyssa Benway, 13, an eighth-grade student at Yucca Middle School. Kokoricha will participate in the statewide spelling bee […]

Spelling bee winner hopes to make it to national competition

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Freedom New Mexico: Christina Calloway Champion of the Roosevelt County Regional Spelling Bee Abigail Cameron, 10, holds up her new title proud for the audience. She’s taking a break now but we’ll be back to studying hard soon in her pursuit of the state champion title in March. Christina Calloway “Behoove” was the word that […]

Ten to participate in county spelling bee

Benna Sayyed Friday’s Curry County spelling bee will showcase some of the county’s best spellers and aims to improve students’ spelling and vocabulary skills. “I hope it will improve the students’ ability to be in front of crowds and their ability to speak,” said Deanne Richardson, a third-grade teacher at Texico Elementary who will act […]

Technology molding next generation

As we were reviewing first-grade spelling words, all of them based on the “u” sound, my granddaughter Mikayla looked at me in all innocence and proclaimed “Mute doesn’t mean you can’t speak. It’s the button you push on the remote.” I solemnly swear to you that this is not a child who spends countless hours […]

James Bickley fourth-grader wins County bee

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Garcia Alisa Boswell The annual Curry County district school spelling bee took place Saturday at Texico Elementary School with 10 students from five Curry County schools competing. Schools competing included James Bickley, Zia Elementary, Yucca Junior High, Texico Elementary and Texico Junior High. Jody Burrage, a teacher on the James Bickley spelling bee committee, said […]

Friday morning briefing: The buzz, the history of flight and a dream explodes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. The buzz Check out the annual Roosevelt County spelling bee 9 a.m. Saturday at

Tuesday morning briefing: Spelling tests, video games and a little blood

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day: It’s joking around. Can you spell Espanol? Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. is the Spanish Spelling Bee at the Portales Municipal School office at 501 Abilene. The winner advances to the state spelling bee. Question of the day What’s your dream spring […]

Six vie for Curry County spelling bee crown

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Spelling Bee starts at 9 a.m. today at Clovis Community College in Room 512. The winner of the county bee will participate in a statewide spelling bee in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque bee will determine the winner representing New Mexico at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in […]

Clovis girl looks for bee repeat

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Beagles may be more popular after the Westminster Dog Show last week, but “schnauzer” was the buzzword during Saturday’s Curry County Spelling Bee. Christina Benitscheck will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in Canyon, Texas, after correctly spelling the German dog breed in the final round of the competition. […]

County spelling bee on Saturday

CNJ staff Clovis schools spelling bee winners will face off with other spellers throughout the county on Saturday at the Curry County Spelling bee. The contest will be held 9 a.m. at the Clovis Community College Town Hall auditorium. About 17 spellers will compete in the Amarillo Globe News-sponsored event, according to coordinator Judy Benitscheck. […]

Speller looks to next year

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Courtesy photo Christina Benitscheck made it through the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee but was eliminated from the third round of competition. The finals air on ABC-TV tonight from 6-8 p.m. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck didn’t earn her 15 seconds of fame by winning the Scripps National Spelling […]

Spell-binding finish

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Christina Benitscheck, 11, of Clovis won the regional spelling bee Saturday morning at Clovis Community College. The winning word was chimichanga. She advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but […]

Spellers get set

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Letters and syllables will be flying across the Clovis Community College stage this morning in the 2007 Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Regional Spelling Bee. Three dozen participants representing schools in Roosevelt, Quay and Curry counties, ranging in age from 8 to 14, will compete for a trip to the […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Speller will represent Clovis

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 […]

Education digest: Spelling bee guidelines change

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Suggested guidelines for local spelling bees from the Scripps National Spelling Bee have been modified, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools memorandum. Suggested rules include age limits and other guidelines for spellers. A copy of the guidelines has been sent to Clovis Schools principals, according to the memo. The […]

Don’t hold grudges, hold aggravations

By Bob Huber: local columnist Some folks carry grudges all their lives. They don’t leave home without them. They’re just not happy unless they’re blasting governments, churches, school boards or college football teams. They’re even against actors, neighbors, newspapers, television, lawyers and relatives. But the weirdest resentment I ever saw belonged to my wife, Marilyn, […]

In the news: State not taking care of kids

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist News from Albuquerque: New Mexico Voices for Children released survey data compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Before you digest this information, understand this is a prestigious foundation. It’s the real deal. Here is what the foundation’s 2006 Kids Count findings have to say about New Mexico: New Mexico […]

Local speller ready for break

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Lucas Donaldson says he is all spelled out. The Zia Elementary student traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, Lucas Donaldson was eliminated in the second round by the word “ronquil.” Donaldson called the event nerve-racking and said he calmed himself during the […]

New Jersey 13-year-old wins national spelling bee, first girl since 1999

By Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A 13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee rattled off “ursprache” to claim the title of America’s best speller Thursday on prime-time television. Katharine Close, an eighth-grader at the H.W. Mountz School in Spring Lake, N.J., is the first […]

Clovis student eliminated from national bee

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — After more than three rounds of spelling such words as “spheterize,” “ibidem,” “lipogrammatism” and “obstreperous,” 46 elementary and middle school students remained Wednesday at the end of the first day of tense competition in the annual national spelling bee. The winner will be crowned Thursday night on national TV. […]