FARMINGTON — Fifty-six students participated in the Farmington Municipal School District’s Seventh Annual Navajo Spelling Bee on Feb. 24 at the Turano-Chrisman Performing Arts Center at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington.

Spellers had to correctly spell Navajo words, as well as remember the accent marks, high tones, glottal stops and nasal tones.

Twenty-nine elementary school students participated in the event, as did 17 middle school students and 10 high school students.

Judges in the event included Lorraine Manavi, a Navajo language instructor at San Juan College; Dezmon Tippeconnie, a Navajo language tutor at San Juan College; and Chris Francis, a Navajo language tutor at San Juan College.

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