2015-02-05 / Youth

Spelling bee winner advances


Ten Brundrett Middle School students competed in a spelling bee on Saturday, Jan. 31, to see who would move on to regional competition in Corpus Christi. The winner of the bee in Corpus Christi will be eligible for a national competition in Washington D.C. Above: Luke Windham stands at a microphone while spelling a word as fellow contestants (from left) Danielle Oxborrow, Zach Parker and Aiden Porter look on. In the foreground is Principal Chris Roche, who was helping put on the bee. Left: Bee coordinator Suzanne Casias, a BMS teacher, congratulates winner Zach Parker. Ten Brundrett Middle School students competed in a spelling bee on Saturday, Jan. 31, to see who would move on to regional competition in Corpus Christi. The winner of the bee in Corpus Christi will be eligible for a national competition in Washington D.C. Above: Luke Windham stands at a microphone while spelling a word as fellow contestants (from left) Danielle Oxborrow, Zach Parker and Aiden Porter look on. In the foreground is Principal Chris Roche, who was helping put on the bee. Left: Bee coordinator Suzanne Casias, a BMS teacher, congratulates winner Zach Parker. Sixth grader Zach Parker has won Brundrett Middle School’s spelling bee, making him eligible to compete in the upcoming South Texas Regional Bee.

Luke Windham, an eighth grader, was runner-up and will be Parker’s alternate.

The Port Aransas bee was held on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the school district’s administration building. Ten students competed in the event, which was open to the public.


Photos by Michelle Parker Photos by Michelle Parker The South Texas Regional Bee will be held on Feb. 21 at the Solomon Ortiz International Center.

The Port Aransas bee’s coordinator, Suzanne Casias, said the winner of the bee in Corpus Christi will be eligible to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. during the week of May 24-29.

The Port Aransas Education Foundation provided the funding to help Brundrett Middle School get enrolled with the national bee organization.

The Friends of the Library group in Port Aransas donated Webster’s Third New International Dictionary for use in the bee and beyond. The book was the final authority on all of the spelling words in the bee.

Friends of the Library also provided judges for the competition.

Port Aransas High School Marlins in Action members volunteered at the event.

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