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SWSD Holds 1st Annual Spelling Bee

South Whittier School District held their 1st Annual Spelling Bee at the district office on Tuesday, November 19.


The 20 participants competed to be the district’s top speller and the chance to represent South Whittier in the L.A. County Spelling Bee. Carmela, Lake Marie, Loma Vista, McKibben, and Monte Vista Elementary all held prior Spelling Bee events and the top four spellers from each of these schools participated in the district Spelling Bee.


Each participant in this event had the chance to spell a word in the first round with students being eliminated if their word was spelled incorrectly. After multiple rounds it was between two top spellers. One fourth grade student from Carmela Elementary and another fourth grade student from McKibben Elementary.


In the end the first place winner of the district Spelling Bee was Carmela fourth grader, Devynn Riesgo.


After the event was over district superintendent, Dr. Gary Gonzales, congratulated all participating students for their hard work, dedication, and perseverance to get to this event. He also thanked parents and teachers saying, “Without each of you these students would not be here today.”


Each participant received a certificate of achievement for being a top speller in the district. Ms. Riesgo received her certificate and a trophy.


Devynn Riesgo will go on to represent South Whittier School District in competing against other top spellers from other school districts in March 2020 at the L.A. County Spelling Bee.


Congratulations to all Spelling Bee Contestants!


Carmela Elementary

Devynn Riesgo

Andrea Vazquez

Leonardo Olguin

Abigail Padilla


Lake Marie Elementary

Sophia Paredes

Adeline Vasquez

Angela martinez

Daniel Talavera


Loma Vista Elementary

Julieta Lazano

Destiny Macias

Viviana Morales

Joel Sayoc


McKibben Elementary

Alexia Magana

Elijah Saavedra

Rubi Rojas

Fernando Garcia


Monte Vista Elementary

Cristal Avila

Joanel Bunton

Jocelyn Gomez

Jaden Zavala