Turlock Junior High Student Earns Alternate Spot at State Spelling Bee, Other Local Students Win Honors

Courtesy Stanislaus County Office of Education

Turlock Junior High School eighth-grader Frances Haydock finished in third place at the Stanislaus County Office of Education Spelling Bee and will serve as an alternate to compete in the State Championship in San Rafael on May 2, 2015 if the first or second place winners Liah Kim of Prescott Junior High and Sam Victorio of Oakdale Junior High, respectively, are unable to compete.

Frances beat out 33 other top spellers from 20 junior high schools throughout Stanislaus County at the Spelling Bee, held Tuesday at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center in Modesto.

Some of the words the top 3 finishers spelled correctly include, perseverance, onomatopoeia and reconnaissance.

Other local standouts at the County Spelling Bee:

  Gold Medal Winners  
Name Grade School
Nancy Cedeno 8 Sacred Heart
Ibrahim Dagher 7 Dutcher Middle School
Joven Hundal 7 Dutcher Middle School
David Zhang 7 Turlock Junior High School
  Silver Medal Winners  
Noemi Mercado 7 Mountain View
Mirna Molina 8 Mountain View
Nicholas Rocha 8 Sacred Heart


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