2015-02-26 / Youth

Parker takes home second place in South Texas Regional Bee


Brundrett Middle School sixth grader Zach Parker took second place at the South Texas Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 21. Above: Zach is flanked by two spelling ‘bees’ during a school pep rally on Thursday, Feb. 19, to send him off to the regional competition. The bee at left is English and language arts teacher Michelle Parker, who also happens to be Zach’s mother. The bee at right is teacher Suzanne Casias. Right: Steve Arnold of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times hands Zach his trophy at the regional bee, held at the Solomon Ortiz International Center. Brundrett Middle School sixth grader Zach Parker took second place at the South Texas Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 21. Above: Zach is flanked by two spelling ‘bees’ during a school pep rally on Thursday, Feb. 19, to send him off to the regional competition. The bee at left is English and language arts teacher Michelle Parker, who also happens to be Zach’s mother. The bee at right is teacher Suzanne Casias. Right: Steve Arnold of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times hands Zach his trophy at the regional bee, held at the Solomon Ortiz International Center. Port Aransas sixth grader Zach Parker beat 90 top student spellers from throughout the Coastal Bend to take second place in the South Texas Regional Bee on Sunday, Feb. 21.

The only one he didn’t beat was Kaelin Bunting, a fifth grader from Tuloso-Midway Intermediate School in Corpus Christi.

Kaelin will represent the Coastal Bend at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. during the week of May 24-29. Zach will fill in as her alternate in case of illness or emergency.

Zach qualified for the South Texas Regional Bee by winning Brundrett Middle School’s spelling bee on Jan. 31.

Attended by a few hundred folks, the regional bee was held at the Solomon Ortiz International Center in Corpus Christi.

Zach made it through six rounds, correctly spelling “panzer,” “kohlrabi,” “complicated,” “aspic,” “opaque” and “garrison.” In round seven, he and Kaelin were the only two students left on the stage.

After Zach misspelled “principality,” Kaelin correctly spelled one more word to win the contest: “nickelodeon.”

Zach took home a tall, red and gold trophy as his prize.

BMS principal Chris Roche said he’s proud of Zach.

“It proves once again that reading is fundamental to everything we do,” Roche said. “Zach has consistently demonstrated great confidence and poise. In my view, this comes from preparation, work ethic and the high expectations he has for himself.”

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


Staff photos by Dan Parker Staff photos by Dan Parker

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 provided judges for the Port Aransas competition.

Return to top