There were a couple of “Bees” at Phoenix Middle School this past week, but no hives were found. Only good, competitive fun while learning.
The Phoenix Middle School Geography Bee was held Thursday, Dec. 13, and the Phoenix Spelling Bee was held Tuesday, Dec. 18.
A pair of school siblings did their school and family name proud by taking the top spots in both competitions.
Seventh grader Ybeth Gloria won the Geography Bee. Classmate Laura Farley was the runner-up. Ybeth will now take a written test to see if she can qualify for the statewide competition.
Other Geography Bee contestants were: eighth graders Julien Riviere, Priyanka Patel and Tim Ipock; and seventh graders Will Cook, Desi Miller and Kayla Stehlin.
At Tuesday’s Spelling Bee, sixth grader Leroy Gloria, Ybeth’s younger brother, came away as the champ. He correctly spelled the words “interrogative” and “preposterous” correctly in the final round. He’ll now have a chance to compete at a regional Spelling Bee with an opportunity to make the State Spelling Bee and perhaps even the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Washington D.C.
First-runner up was sixth grader Jordan Ensminger, who got out after missing “interrogative.” Lasting until the seventh round and finishing in third place was seventh grader Hunter Gebauer. Hunter was out after misspelling “recyclable.”
Other spellers in the Bee were: sixth graders Tori Rhone, Michael Charo, Hailey Ivins, Riley Kaltenbach and Eduardo Valadez; seventh graders Gonzalo Aranda, Will Cook, Lilana De La Cruz, Justin Johnson and Richard Karbash; and eighth graders Ismael Coello, Morgyn DeLara, Troy Feeney, Jada Ludens, Dorian Miller, Jenny Perez and Carly Hopkins.