Mario Pimentel, a fifth-grade student at Lubbock ISD's Ramirez Charter School, 702 Avenue T, will represent the Lubbock Independent School District in the first-ever National Spanish Spelling Bee. Mario, son of Mario and Martha Pimentel, is a student in the dual-language enrichment program at Ramirez.
The competition will be held Saturday, July 9, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will feature 11 participants from Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas. Pimentel qualified to compete in the national event by winning the district Spanish spelling bee between Lubbock ISD's elementary dual-language enrichment elementary campuses.
The Inaugural National Spanish Spelling Bee is being organized by the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education (NMABE) and the Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education (AMME). The event is modeled after NMABE's annual state Spanish Spelling Bee, which completed its 15th annual competition in 2010. David Briseño, executive director of NMABE, is leading the effort with the assistance of a local planning group. "Every journey begins with a first step and this is our first step as we continue to work at organizing this event," stated Briseño.
The bee is open to all Spanish-speaking kids across the nation to showcase their command of Spanish spelling. Both native-speakers as well as children who are learning Spanish as a second language are encouraged to participate.
For additional information, visit www.nationalspanishspellingbee.com .
Information provided by Lubbock Independent School District