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New Mexico student wins Spanish spelling bee held in San Antonio

July 14, 2018

A New Mexico teen won the National Spanish Spelling Bee on Saturday for the second year in a row.

Maria del Sol Nunez-Pena, 14, of Chaparral, New Mexico, spelled “anaerobiosis” correctly to win the spelling bee, held in McAllister Auditorium at San Antonio College. She beat 42 other contestants from 11 states.

Lola Hernandez Mendoza, 12, of Madison, Wisconsin, won second place, while Alejandro de Santis, an incoming seventh-grader at St. Bonaventure Catholic School in Davie, Florida, took third place.

The top three winners get $500, $300 and $200, respectively.

The contest included four spellers from San Antonio. Lauren Strauch, 14, of Saint Mary’s Hall, was eliminated in the third round. Ivanna Corona, 10, of Price Elementary School in the South San Antonio Independent School District, lasted eight rounds. Katherine Hernandez Diaz, 13, of Garner Middle School in North East ISD, was eliminated in the 10th round. Omar Lechuga, 10, of Bellaire Elementary in Harlandale ISD, was the seventh contestant and the only one from Texas left on the stage in the 11th round, when he spelled “perentoriadad” incorrectly.

Read more about the spelling bee at Expressnews.com or in Sunday’s edition of the Express-News.

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