Julia Grimaldo Follows Success of Sisters

Champion is once again spelled "G-r-i-m-a-l-d-o" after another rousing Inland Northwest Regional Spelling Bee in Lewiston, Idaho. Julia Grimaldo, a seventh-grader from Orofino Junior-Senior High School, repeated as the winner at the competition hosted by Lewis-Clark State College. She's carrying on the family tradition set by her older sisters, Anna and Frances Grimaldo.

Photo credit: The Lewiston Tribune


Etymology Helps Angelina Holm Win in Denver

Angelina Holm, a sixth-grader from the Denver School of the Arts, trusted her knowledge of etymology to help her win the 78th Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee. The tournament went 40 rounds and the winning word was "helminthiasis." Angelina's strategy — “I just try to break down where a word comes from and how it is used.” 

Photo credit: Daniel Brenner, Special to The Denver Post

Jonnen Messer Wins European PTA Spelling Bee

Jonnen Messer withstood a grueling four-hour contest with 38 rounds of words to win the 35th annual European PTA Spelling Bee. His last two winning words were "stalactite" and "Istanbul." The fifth-grader at Ramstein Intermediate School at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany, surprised himself in earlier rounds when he correctly spelled some tricky words. 

Photo credit: Jennifer H. Svan, Stars and Stripes 

Simran Patibanda Returns to National Finals

Simran Patibanda, an eighth-grader from Graham Park Middle School in Triangle, Virginia, is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the second time in three years. After finishing as runner-up last year, she worked hard to regain the top spot. She spelled “inter alia” to seal her victory at the 40th annual Prince William Regional Spelling Bee.

Photo credit: Paul Lara, InsideNova.com

Nicolas Llorente to Represent White Plains, NY

While wearing event shirts with the slogan, "Bee Your Best Self," seventh-grader Nicolas Llorente was the best among his classmates in the Greenburgh Central School District in White Plains, New York. It is the sixth annual event for the district. This year, 24 students from Richard J. Bailey School and Woodlands Middle School competed for the trip to Washington, D.C. 

Photo credit: Greenburgh Central School District