Bee winners Byron Acosta and Kiera Bauman
The results of the Zone Five (Caye zone) competition
of the National Coca-Cola Spelling Bee 2000 has selected Byron Acosta and Kiera
Bauman as the contestants who will compete at the District level. Two
representatives from seven schools competed for the chance to represent this
zone at eliminations held last Thursday at the Lions Den.
The contestants, all well-trained students, tried their best to come out
triumphant but it was very tough competition. After several rounds, only five
contestants were chosen for the semi-final round. They were Imar Chi, Dylan
Blease, Byron Acosta, Kiera Bauman and Helen Melendez. At the end of semi-final
competition only two finalists Kiera Bauman and Byron Acosta remained to battle
for first prize. In the end it was Byron Acosta of San Pedro Roman Catholic
School who managed to spell all the words correctly. First runner up, Kiera
Bauman of Island Academy, will accompany Byron to the District finals which will
be held at Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City on March 16th. The first prize winner received two
cases of soft drinks and all participants and officials received a Spelling Bee
T-shirt. Both finalists then received the District competition spelling list by
Coca-Cola Spelling Bee Representative Mr. David Craig.
The Spelling Bee officials for the Caye Zone eliminations
were: Zone leader - Roxani Kay, Principal of San Pedro R.C. School; Pronouncer -
Natalie Sedacey of San Pedro High School; Judges - Ana Redfern of Island
Academy, Miguelangel Hernandez of New Horizon Academy and Liliana Marin of Caye
Caulker R.C. School; Scorers - Odilia Jacobs of LIFE and Hector Trejo of Isla
Bonita Elementary; Timekeeper - Oscar Vidal of San Pedro R.C. School; Runner -
Elizabeth Sansorez of New Horizon Academy; Stage Manager - Rosario Guerrero of
San Pedro R.C. School.
The San Pedro
Sun salutes all the participants and winners for taking an
interest in this educational contest. The participants were: Byron Acosta and
Gladys Urbina of San Pedro Roman Catholic School; Miguel Perez and Shamir
Guerrero of Lydia's Institute of Fine Education; Kiera Bauman and Nashringa
Parker of Island Academy; Helen Melendez and Jorge Salazar of St. Peter's
Elementary; Elvis Perez and Dylan Blease of Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School;
Daniel Lackwood and Imar Chi of New Horizon Academy and Ruby Ozaeta and Shadir
Paz of Isla Bonita Elementary.
Byron and Kiera at the District competition!