Spelling Bee champ left Vivek Vanga and runner-up right Jack Gobel
Competing for a slot in the State Spelling Bee Competition, students from across the county participated in the 15th Annual San Joaquin County Spelling Bee Championship held at the Wentworth Education Center, at the Office of Education, on Wednesday, December 7, 2010.
After Vivek Vanga, fifth-grader at Tom Hawkins Elementary spelled the word brontophobia, he was awarded first-place. The second-place winner was Jack Gobel, sixth-grader at Vinewood Elementary from Lodi Unified School.
“You are 15 of the best spellers we have in this county,” said Mick Founts, County Superintendent of Schools, to the students of the fourth to sixth grade division, “these young people that have come this far are not just the best; of the best that we have, they also send a great message to all the rest of kids.“
Among the fifteen students was Jonathan Herrera, from St. Anne’s school in Lodi, who made it to the top three contestants for the first place.
“We are very proud of him, he is a very smart kid,” said Jonathan`s dad, Juan Herrera at the end of the competition. “We are very happy because he is very dedicated to school and is very good in sports as well.”
Herrera was sitting in the audience with the whole family to give Jonathan support.
“The participants in the Elementary Division (grades 4-6) also included Jashdepp Dhillon, Discovery Charter School, Tracy Unified, Alessandra Bosch, Claudia Landeen, Lincoln Unified and Fernanda Arao, Walter Woodward Elementary School, Manteca Unified.”
All participants received a certificate and medal. First-place winners received a $100 Savings Bond and plaque, while second-place winners received a $50 Savings Bond and plaque.
The State Spelling Bee Competition will take place in April next year at the SJC Office of Education.