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 […]