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Paradise Canyon sixth-grader keeps spelling title

first_imgALHAMBRA – Rheostat, discord and interrupt. Those three words Wednesday ended the dreams of some of the 22 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders who participated at the second annual Los Angeles County Spelling Bee, held at the Almansor Court Banquet and Conference Center in Alhambra. Zhi Low, 12, a sixth-grade student at Paradise Canyon School in the La Ca ada Unified School District, was the repeat champion this year, after 18 rounds. The last four rounds were against Hanz Legaspi, a fifth-grader representing the Hawthorne School District. Low claimed the title of “spellmaster” by correctly spelling “verbatim” and “repudiate.” “I’m happy it is over,” Lim said. Her mother, Vicki Lim, said she was nervous during the whole time her daughter was on stage. “I really wanted her to have this experience,” Vicki Lim said. “This was her first time ever in a spelling bee.” Some competitors cried after they were eliminated and many said they were disappointed. Almost all said they were relieved to not have to study another spelling list. “No more lists,” said Alex Chiem, sixth-grader at Durfee School in the El Monte City School District. His “coach” and friend Steve Thomas, though was still miffed that Chiem misspelled “squabble.” Many participants, like Eduardo Gonzalez, a fifth-grader at Allen Avenue Elementary in San Dimas, clutched a spelling list from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the yearly national spelling competition. Gonzalez misspelled “interrupt” during the fourth round, a mistake made because “my mind just went blank,” he said. He will not compete in next year’s Bee because his school ends at the fifth grade and while that saddens him, he remains confident in his skills. “I studied harder words” compared to the competition’s list Gonzalez said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 Low won last year’s Bee by correctly spelling “courier.” “I feel really good and that my work paid off,” Low said as he clutched his first-place trophy. He also received a $750 U.S. Savings Bond, and he and Legaspi will compete at the state spelling bee in May. The bee was presented by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, participating school districts and various sponsors. The eight San Gabriel Valley participants – representing Bonita, Baldwin Park, El Monte City, Garvey, Glendora, Mountain View and West Covina districts – had a strong showing this year. Alyssa Lim, fifth-grader at Hillcrest Elementary in the Garvey School District, went the furthest in the competition and was eliminated in the 14th round after misspelling “rheostat.” last_img read more