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Students from across HCISD’s middle schools put their skills to the test as they competed in the annual District Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Gutierrez Middle School.

Competitors battled it out for 12 rounds or 40 words. Paula Horta from Vernon Middle School and Aaron Blount from Vela Middle School went head to head before Blount won by spelling the words “polymer” and then “fathom” as the championship word.

The district champion, Aaron Blount, will represent HCISD at the 29th Annual Rio Grande Regional Bee to be held on Saturday, March 4th at South Texas College in Weslaco.

The winner of the Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee will have an opportunity to advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D. C., in May as sponsored by the RGV AIM Newspapers.

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2017 HCISD Spelling Bee Participants 

Trisha Travero, Coakley Middle School
Ashley Young, Coakley Middle School
Marissa Gamboa, Gutierrez Middle School
Tyler La Mar, Gutierrez Middle School
Manuel Bocanegra, Memorial Middle School
Aaron Blount, Vela Middle School
Kylie Ruiz, Vela Middle School
Daniel Hernandez, Vernon Middle School
Paula Horta, Vernon Middle School

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