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CISD Campus Champions Competing Tuesday in Area 24 Spelling Bee

                Noah Mora has hoped to represent his school in spelling bee competition since experiencing his first contest in the third grade.

                The fifth grader will be among the competitors at Tuesday’s Area 24 spelling bee as the Marti Elementary campus champion. Nine CISD students will be participating the in contest set for 10 a.m. in the District’s Central Offices Board Room. The event will also include contestants from Keene and Joshua.

                “I like to spell,” Mora said. “It’s a fun thing to do. I like challenges, so being in the school spelling bee is something I look forward to. I’ve been studying more this year, in the hopes of being the Marti champion. It’s been my goal for a long time.”

                The 11-year-old correctly spelled “agricultural” to advance to the final spelling round in the Marti contest, winning on “disturbance.” Fourth grader Maryelle Treesh finished second, to serve as campus alternate.

                Also among Cleburne’s school spelling bee champions is Santa Fe fifth grader Derek Malone, who has won the campus title for the third time. The school alternate is fellow fifth grader Geraldine Castañeda.

                Fifth grader Kasey Fowler will be competing for Adams Elementary, with third grader Parker Reeves in the alternate spot. Coleman Elementary will be represented by Finley Platt, grade five. Third grader Dylann Rose Graeve is the school’s spelling alternate.

                Cooke Elementary Alternate Anna Bushong will be representing her school on Tuesday. The fourth grader will be competing in the absence of campus champion Maya Eller, who is in the fourth grade.

                Competing for Gerard Elementary will be fourth grader Wesley Curlee, with classmate Lorelai Rose in the alternate position.

                Irving’s Lilliana Delgado will be the youngest competitor on stage. The second grader won her school’s spelling contest, with Adrian Paschal, grade five, finishing in second place.

                Participation in the spelling bee includes middle school competitors, with Karisa Muñoz to represent Smith MS on Tuesday. Alternate is Jake Labo. Both are seventh graders. Competing for Wheat Middle School will be sixth grader Hannah Richardson. Seventh grader Brooklyn Morrison is the Wheat alternate.

                Mora admits to being nervous in anticipation of taking his spelling skills to the next level of competition.

                “I’m feeling nervous,” he said. “But I’m also confident because of how much I’ve been studying. I’m anxious—but I plan to persevere.”

The winner of Tuesday’s contest will advance to the Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee set for March 24, and sponsored by the Texas Christian University College of Education.