Photo: First National Spanish Spelling Bee
The first ever National Spanish Spelling bee crowned a winner over the weekend: 7th grader Evelyn Juarez and ‘bizantinismo’ was the winning word.
The 7th grader from New Mexico beat out 10 other finalists with this Spanish word. She beat out the runner up when she successfully spelled the word describing a Paraguayan territory: ‘kanindeyuense’.
The competition was held in Albequerque, New Mexico starting on Saturday with the nationwide finalists, 3 of them from Texas.
The Spanish spelling bee contestants not only had to be proficient in Spanish but the challenging accent marks that are part of the language. Some Univision affiliates had sponsored local Spanish Spelling Bee contests at different school districts.
Though this is the first ever national Spanish spelling bee some cities in Texas are on their 19th year of holding local Spanish spelling bee contests. Some school districts in New Mexico are celebrating their 15th year of local Spanish spelling bees.
The national contest was organized by the New Mexico Association for Bilingual education and the Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education and sponsors included Language Magazine.