Bee-ware: Taking to the road can have its hazards

By Aggie The slave just left for afternoon coffee and told me I could write this column as it would be the last chance I’d have to write this year and the only chance I’d have to write before Christmas. Well, let’s begin by wishing you an early “Happy Holidays” and then get on with […]

She spells way to D.C.

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but she never said goodbye. By spelling those words, and 30 others, correctly, she punched her ticket to Washington, D.C., as the winner of Saturday’s regional spelling bee, sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Christina, […]

Local representative all spelled out

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Lucas Donaldson says he is all spelled out. The Clovis elementary school student traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, Donaldson, eastern New Mexico’s representative, was eliminated in the second round by the word “ronquil.” Donaldson called the event nerve-racking and said he […]

Clovis fifth-grader wins bee

By Andy Jackson/Freedom Newspapers Stephanie Stancell did the prerequisite work on “prerequisite,” studying the word and practicing its spelling, she said. But when her chance came to win the 2006 Regional Spelling Bee, she left off the “e” at the end of the word. Zia Elementary School fifth-grader Lucas Donaldson of Clovis pounced on the […]

Spellers descend on Clovis for annual bee

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The fate of the young contestants hinge on words that are rarely used in daily speech and rarely seen in ink: “Samovar,” a metal urn; “nisse,” a friendly goblin of Scandinavian folklore that frequents farm buildings; “torrenticole,” an organism that lives in swiftly flowing water. But it isn’t the […]

Logan student takes second place in regional spelling bee

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Evangelina Castro of Logan Municipal Schools placed second at Saturday’s regional spelling be competition. She estimated spending less than five hours in total preparing. “I’m surprised I got this far,” the 13-year-old said. Zach Gillooly and Castro squared off against each other in the final head-to-head round. Castro […]

Regional spelling bee on Saturday

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers  Carol Nash has been participating in spelling bees for nearly 50 years. She won the Quay County spelling bee as a San Jon student in 1957. Then when she became a first-grade teacher at now-defunct Eugene Fields School in Clovis, her principal asked her to help out by pronouncing words […]

Martinez wins spelling bee

TV Hagenah At 9:30 a.m. 85 middle-school students were lined up in their school’s library to take part in the annual spelling bee that would determine who goes on to the next level of spelling bees, regional competition in Clovis. One hour later after words such as “schedule”, “frolicsome”, “gourmet” “inventory”, “opposite” and “vacuum”, there […]

Spelling Bee a chance of a lifetime for Tucumcari teen

Learning a lesson in responsibility won Tucumcari Middle School seventh-grader Michael Martinez the trip of a lifetime. Martinez recently represented eastern New Mexico at the 76th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. after winning the regional competition in Clovis after correctly spelling “diadem,” which means “a crown of jewels, specifically worn as a […]