Students compete in Navajo Spelling Bee

The Daily Times staff
From right, Mesa Verde Elementary School fifth-grade student Tyson Charles, Mesa Verde Elementary School fifth-grade student Anjolique Smith and McCormick Elementary School fifth-grade student Tylia Begaye stand for a photo after the Seventh Annual Navajo Spelling Bee on Feb. 24 at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington. Charles was the first-place winner of the Navajo Spelling Bee in the elementary school category. Smith ended in second place and Begaye was third.

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.

From right, Tibbetts Middle School eighth-grade student Carliyah Begay, Mesa View Middle School eighth-grade student Khaliyah Keedah and Hermosa Middle School sixth-grade student Maria Bia stand for a photo after the Seventh Annual Navajo Spelling Bee on Feb. 24 at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington.  Begay was the first-place winner of the spelling bee in the middle school category. Keedah was second, and Bia was third.

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.

From right, Piedra Vista High School junior Harlem Hollie, Farmington High School sophomore NavaFarrah Duncan and Piedra Vista High School freshman Jametris Rainelynn Saltwater stand for a photo after the Seventh Annual Navajo Spelling Bee on Feb. 24 at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington.  Hollie was the first-place winner of the spelling bee in the high school school category. Duncan was second, and Saltwater was third.