Monday, March 4, 2013


Wilchester Elementary fourth-grader Emily Madaras will advance to the televised HoustonPBS Spelling Bee after surviving 20 rounds of words at the recently held District Spelling Bee.

More than 30 district elementary and middle school students took part in the annual competition. Emily correctly spelled “lexicology,” a branch of linguistics focused on the application of words, to win the Spring Branch ISD Spelling Bee, which was conducted Feb. 15 at Spring Woods High School.

The Wilchester student now ranks as one of the 55 best spellers across East Texas. The event runner-up was seventh-grader Kendrick Foster of Memorial Middle School. Kendrick remained on stage through 20 rounds of words, finally tripping up over the obscure “provender,” a term for dry feed for animals or livestock.

Guest pronouncer at the District Spelling Bee was former Board of Trustees member and active Spring Branch Education Foundation representative Mary Grace Landrum. Emily Madaras will compete later this month with 55 students in the 2013 HoustonPBS Spelling Bee.

The local Channel 8 telecast will be broadcast beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, from the public station’s Houston studios. The following students competed for the Spring Branch Spelling Bee championship title after being named campus winners or runners-up:

SBISD Campus with Winner and Runner-up

  • Bunker Hill Elementary – Isabella Truong, Gabriel Mercio
  • Cedar Brook Elementary – George Dare Lovett IV, Jorge Vasquez
  • Edgewood Elementary – Kenny Nguyen*, Yanet Ramirez
  • Frostwood Elementary – Chanyoung Chung, Alexandra Freytes
  • Hunters Creek Elementary – Luke Lorentzatos, Grayson Joyce
  • Memorial Drive Elementary – Hannah Krenz, Grant Alford
  • Ridgecrest Elementary – Sebastian Nieto, Yi Wen Guo
  • Shadow Oaks Elementary – Austin Payne, Jaemin Yoo
  • Spring Branch Elementary – Brenda Claudio, Jessy Manriquez
  • Valley Oaks Elementary – Chris Wilkinson, Kalista Kelleher
  • Westwood Elementary – Kiana Padilla, Dario Pantoja
  • Wilchester Elementary – Emily Madaras, Hannah Ngo
  • Landrum Middle School – Felicity Fernandez, Jesus Gonzalez
  • Memorial Middle School – Kendrick Foster, Stephan Kim
  • Spring Branch Middle School – Mohammad Jafri, Roberto-Eduard Lipianu
  • Spring Forest Middle School – Amanda Ganis*, Tala Salek
  • Westchester Academy – Rachel Connelly*, Jean Buehler
* Participant in the 2011-2012 SBISD Spelling Bee



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