The 2023 LAPS District Spelling Bee winners from left, Julia Zou, 1st place; Rebekah Scott, 2nd place and Gianna Rolfe, 3rd place. Zou and Scott will represent LAPS at the New Mexico State Qualifying Spelling Bee in February. Courtesy/LAPS
Julia Zou, a 7th grader at Los Alamos Middle School, won first place at the Los Alamos Public Schools District Spelling Bee.
Aspen Elementary School 6th graders Rebekah Scott and Gianna Rolfe placed second and third, respectively.
The winning word was “exaggerate.”
Zou and Scott will participate in the New Mexico State Qualifying Spelling Bee Feb. 28. The top 25 qualifiers will compete in the New Mexico State Spelling Bee April 1.
Last year Zou was a runner up in the Piñon Elementary Spelling Bee; Scott placed third in the Aspen Elementary Spelling Bee.
Seventeen students representing Aspen Elementary, Barranca Mesa Elementary, Chamisa Elementary, Mountain Elementary, Piñon Elementary and Los Alamos Middle School participated in the District Spelling Bee held Wednesday evening in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. In addition, two students from Alcalde Elementary School also participated. Nancy Brugh served as emcee and recordkeeper. Judy Crocker was the pronouncer, Tammy Hinckley was the timekeeper and Debbie Grothaus, Oliver Morris and Morrie Pongratz were the judges.
Hosts for the District Spelling Bee included the LAHS Activities department; Acting Superintendent Jennifer Guy; LAPS Director of Curriculum Dr. Sharon Fogle and Curriculum Specialist Kaela Jacobson.
School site sponsors include Skyeanne Webb, Aspen Elementary; Pam Miller, Barranca Elementary; Nancy Brugh, Chamisa Elementary; Shanda Moore, Mountain Elementary; Tera Deines, Piñon Elementary and Sherri Bublitz, Los Alamos Middle School.