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20130208 PHOTO MCISD Spelling Bee winnersMISSION—Starting with a field of 36 competitors, it took about an hour to whittle that number down to one at this year’s Mission CISD Spelling Bee, held last Friday at Salinas Elementary School. This year’s top speller in the Mission School District is the same as last year – and the year before that.

Kimberly Garza, an eighth grader from Mission Jr. High School won this year’s annual district spelling bee for the third year in a row.

Jacob Flores, an eighth grader from K. White Jr. High School came in second place. Both of these students now advance to the 25th Annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee on March 2, at South Texas College in Weslaco.

The third place finisher in this year’s district spelling bee was Sofia Gonzalez, a fifth grade student from Castro Elementary School.

The other top spellers who competed in this year’s Mission CISD District Spelling Bee were: Orion Rains and Victoria Ramirez of Alton Elementary School; Simran Patel and Gabriel Sanchez of Bryan Elementary School; Alia Chacon and Brendan McGee of Cantu Elementary School; Joseph Leal of Castro Elementary School; Victoria Araujo and Jonathan Valdez of Cavazos Elementary School; Monica Garcia and Angel Lara of Escobar/Rios Elementary School; Sofia Longoria and Andre Palacios of Leal Elementary School; Kaitlin Muñoz and Elyssa Rodriguez of Marcell Elementary School; Kassandra Saldaña and Alexandra Salinas of Midkiff Elementary School; Damian Gonzalez and Caleb Masso of Mims Elementary School; Lisa Garza and Elizabeth Villarreal of O’Grady Elementary School; Victoria Molina and Alexis Treviño of Pearson Elementary School; Anahi Molano and Carlos Ponce of Salinas Elementary School; Cesar Barrera and Kaydence Barron of Waitz Elementary School; Chelsie Barriento and Wendy De La Cruz of Alton Memorial Jr. High School; Ileana Contreras, Mission Jr. High School; Rizalyn Joy Dela Torre, K. White Jr. High School; Ramiro Flores and Erica Mendez of R. Cantu Jr. High School.

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