V-i-c-t-o-r-y for Delaware Community School speller
ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan.
Leah Gonzalez is a great speller in two languages.
in the bilingual Dual-Language Program at Delaware Community School,
she is el campeón de deletreo -- the
spelling champ -- in the City School District of Albany.
Fluent in Spanish and English, Gonzeles outspelled students from 13
other schools at the district-wide spelling bee held Jan. 10 at
William S. Hackett Middle School.
took first prize by correctly spelling the word "typhoon" in the
final round. As a result, she will represent the school district at
a regional spelling bee on Feb. 7 at Proctor's Theatre in
Joining Gonzalez at the regional contest will be the
district's top five finishers. Pictured from left to right, they are:
Dabar Zarzuela, fourth-grader, Montessori Magnet
Tessa Nagel, fourth-grader, New Scotland
Exziar Ranger, sixth-grader, Arbor Hill
Gavin Wolfgang, sixth-grader, William S. Hackett
Noraya Pettiway, eighth-grader, North Albany
Leah Gonzalez, fourth-grader, Delaware Community
If one of the six students prevails at the regional
bee, he or she will proceed to the national bee in May in Washington,
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,700
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High