NUSD spelling bee goes virtual
NUSD spelling bee goes virtual
Posted on 02/22/2021
NUSD spelling bee goes virtual


This year the Nogales Unified School District spelling bee was held virtually with on Jan. 27, 2021 with the award ceremony held as a drive-through in the District’s parking lot on Feb. 9.

“The bee this year was held using the Scripps National Spelling Bee Online Testing Platform and the 16 spellers were challenged to spell 25 words and accurately define/use 25 vocabulary words on a timed test,” said NUSD Assistant Superintendent Angel Canto.

First place went to Michael Pentland, a sixth grader at Desert Shadows Middle School. Canto said he “was able to edge out the 2nd and 3rd place winners by correctly identifying that something described as "gruine" would resemble a crane or similar bird. He also spelled quiescence correctly to edge out the second place winner.”

Second place went to Felix Ibarra, a sixth grader at Wade Carpenter Middle School, and third place to Carlos Lizarraga, also in the sixth grade at Desert Shadows Middle School.

The other NUSD competitors were as follows:
From  A.J. Mitchell fifth grader Dylan Zamora and fourth grader Isis Sanchez; from Challenger fourth grader Carlos Mateo Diaz and third grader Karin Alexandria Encinas; from Coronado third grader Daanya Rodriguez and fifth grader Seana Andres; from Lincoln fifth graders Mia Rodriquez and Kylie Johnson; from Bracker fifth grader Joselyne Perez and fourth grader Nicolas Arana; from Welty fifth grader Annais Sandoval and third grader Daniela Higuera Verdugo; from Desert Shadows sixth grader Carlos Lizarraga; and from Wade Carpenter eighth grader Omar Navarro. 

The parking lot where the awards were handed out for the drive-through ceremony was decorated with a sign that read “Welcome to our Honeycomb” and other signage and balloons as well as numerous figurines of bees to welcome the spellers as they came with their families to be recognized.