District Spelling Bee champion Leyna Pham, eighth grader at Miller Intermediate, and runner-up Marilyn Espino, eighth grader at Beverly Hills Intermediate.
By Reesha Brown
After two months of preparation, Leyna Pham, an eighth grader from Miller Intermediate, was crowned the district’s queen Spelling Bee champion Tuesday night. The winning word was pterodactyl.
Marilyn Espino of Beverly Hills Intermediate captured the second place trophy.
Pham is a confident speller.
After spending countless hours reading, writing and memorizing hundreds of words, she knew she was destined to be in the top 10 in the district-wide competition, “but never be the winner,” Pham said.
“It doesn’t even feel real,” Pham said.
Both Pham and Espino competed against over 20 students who swarmed to South Houston High School last night from two elementary campuses, along with some middle and intermediate schools.
What does it take to sharpen one’s memory for a spelling competition?
“Repetition,” Pham said. “I wrote each word down 10 times and asked my sisters to quiz me.”
Both students will represent Pasadena ISD as they advance to the regional Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, April 1, at the University of Houston. The competition will be livestreamed at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the final round. The top two spellers of this bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.