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V-i-c-t-o-r-y for Delaware Community School speller

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2012) -- Leah Gonzalez is a great speller in two languages.

 

A fourth-grader 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.

 

She 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 Schenectady.

 

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 School

  • Tessa Nagel, fourth-grader, New Scotland Elementary School

  • Exziar Ranger, sixth-grader, Arbor Hill Elementary School

  • Gavin Wolfgang, sixth-grader, William S. Hackett Middle School

  • Noraya Pettiway, eighth-grader, North Albany Academy

  • Leah Gonzalez, fourth-grader, Delaware Community School.

 

If one of the six students prevails at the regional bee, he or she will proceed to the national bee in May in Washington, D.C.

 

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 School.

 

         
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