Aldine ISD Winners, Marina Ly and Miguel González, Advance to Compete in Houston PBS 2018 Spelling Bee

Aldine ISD Winners, Marina Ly and Miguel González, Advance to Compete in Houston PBS 2018 Spelling Bee
Posted on 02/08/2018

The two students will compete against area spellers at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee on April 7. 


Some of Aldine’s best spellers faced off last month in the District Spelling Bee. Students competed for a spot to advance to the Houston Public Media 2018 Spelling Bee.

Marina from Hill Intermediate School earned the Champion title. The sixth-grader underwent an intense 23 rounds before winning with the word umlaut.”

The Runner-Up title went to seventh grade student Miguel González. The speller from Drew Academy beat his competitors. This is not the first time Miguel wins a top spot at the District-level competition. He was the District Runner-Up in 2017 and the District 2015 Champion.

Only campus winners advanced to the District event that took place Feb. 7 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Contestants must not have passed beyond the eighth grade on or before Feb. 1, 2018.

As the top two District winners, Marina and Miguel advance to the next level of competition. The Houston Public Media 2018 Spelling Bee set for April 7 and will stream live on Channel 8. 

Benefits of Taking Part in Spelling Bees National-Spelling-Bee-Logo-1-300x290.jpg

  • Students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English. As a result, they read and write more effectively and score higher on standardized tests and college prep tests and beyond. The impact lasts a lifetime.
  • Students learn word etymology and country of origin, the meanings of prefixes and suffixes, and spelling rules.
  • By studying words grouped in thematic categories, spellers not only acquire knowledge but also develop cognitive skills and increased understanding of ideas and values.
  • Students of all ages and background participate on an equal, competitive basis.
  • Spelling bees improve spelling and spark interest among the students.
  • Spelling bees create friendly, sportsmanlike rivalry among the schools.

(Learn more at K-8 grade campuses.) 

Winners of the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee will earn a spot at the National Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.  bee-from-left-high-1.jpg

The 2018 Spelling Bee Champion will receive a $40,000 grand prize.

Congratulations and good luck at the Houston PBS Spelling Bee!