About 60 Vejar Elementary students in Walnut put
their spelling to the test during a Spelling Bee
earlier this month. Thyroidectomy,
bradycardia and gravigrade were just a few examples of words that the students had to spelled.
Kids prepared by studying more than 100 words from an
official list from Scripps National Spelling Bee. Some studied the different roots of the words – Greek, Latin, etc. Understanding how words are formed gave the spellers a boost.
The 12-round competition was sponsored by the Community Club, which provided lapel pins
“The kids really enjoyed it and the
little ones were so cute!” said coordinator Kay Hoard, a fourth-grade teacher .
to winner Samantha Yu, a fifth grader.
Runners up were second grader William Widjaja, third grader Sean Song and fourth grader Eva Ma.
will compete in the Inland Valley Regional Spelling Bee on March 7 at Diamond Bar High School. The written
and oral competition is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Diamond Bar Library. Top spellers will be invited to
participate in the National Scripps Spelling
Thanks to “pronouncers” – Francie
husband Rick), judges – Jen DeAnda and Simone
Sevilla, and crowd control/ set-up – Jim Brandenburgh and Lora Wilson.