Long Beach Spanish Spelling Bee Champs

Schools and Libraries

May 7, 2014


Long Beach Public School students in grades four through eight competed in the district's annual Spanish Spelling Bee on April 25.

In the elementary school division, the field of 22 competitors from East and Lido schools was eventually narrowed to two finalists, Lido School fourth-grader Gabriela Umanzor and Lido School fifth-grader Uma Arengo. The two were so evenly matched that a tie was finally declared. Lido School fourth-grader Valentina Escobar finished in second place, and Lido School fourth-grader Freddy Ramon was awarded the third-place trophy.

            In the middle school division, 17 students tested their Spanish spelling skills. After several rounds of competition, seventh-grader Samantha Lam took the first-place trophy, eighth-grader Carolina Evangelista finished in second place and Eduardo Gonzalez took third place.

"We are very proud of the accomplishments of all of our students," said Vivian Fiallo, director of world languages and ELL programs. "This annual Spanish Spelling Bee gives our native speakers and non-native speakers an opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the Spanish language. My thanks to all their teachers for helping prepare them for this event."