Alyssa Arceo places third in Spelling Bee District Finals

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The 15th Annual National Spelling B Belize District Finals took place on Wednesday afternoon in Belize City. 18 students from 9 different zones, including two representatives from San Pedro Town, made their presence known at the Belize Elementary Primary School Auditorium.

As early as in the first round, both Alyssa Arceo of the Island Academy and Nalini Che of New Horizon used every available strategy to ensure that they remain in the competition as long as possible. In fact both of the island’s top spellers were determined to bring the district champ to the island and were in the top six spellers that proceed to the final round.

While Che came down in the final round when she missed her first two words, Alyssa Arceo made it to the very last. Arceo spelled her last word “AGUARDIENTE” incorrectly. At the end of the competition Zhanae Sutherland of Hummingbird Elementary, second place went to Aaron King of Hattieville Government School, and third place went to Alyssa Arceo of the Island Academy.

Alyssa is the Belize District alternate speller, which means that in the event that either King or Sutherland cannot make it to the finals schedule for June, then Alyssa will be the other speller. Congrats to both Che and Arceo for making San Pedro proud! Read more in this week’s Thursday issue of The San Pedro Sun!

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