Middle school students advance to regional spelling bee  

Fourteen students from Harlingen CISD’s five middle schools competed in the district’s annual Spelling be on Thursday.  

The district-wide spelling bee was held at Coakley Middle School.  

District champion Olivia Luna and runner-up Mattias Mata will represent Harlingen CISD at the 32nd Annual Rio Grande Regional Bee being held on Saturday, March 7th at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus. 

The winner of the Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee will have an opportunity to advance to the National Spelling Bee being held in the Washington, DC in May.   


HCISD Spelling Bee Participants 

Timmy Mowers – Coakley Middle School 

Joel Meza – Coakley Middle School 

Jasmine Torres – Coakley Middle School (STEM2) 

Mattias Mata – Gutierrez Middle School 

Nikki Ruiz – Gutierrez Middle School 

Vlada Milova – Gutierrez Middle School (STEM2

Zuelly Cruz – Memorial Middle School 

Olivia Garcia – Memorial Middle School 

Ari Jaross – Memorial Middle School (STEM2

Madison Shinsato – Vela Middle School 

Emily Britten – Vela Middle School  

Ethan Perez – Vela Middle School (STEM2

Juan Loya – Vernon Middle School 

Lupe Vallejo – Vernon Middle School 

Olivia Luna – Vernon Middle School (STEM2

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