Top Spellers Compete at County Spelling Championship

The top two spelling champions in the Junior High Spelling Championship were Vangogh Tran from Turlock Junior High and Deetya Thogarucheeti from Prescott Junior High. Vangogh and Deetya will represent Stanislaus County at the state competition in Stockton on May 13, 2023. An alternate winner, Layla Ayala from Creekside Middle School, will attend the state competition if Vangogh or Deetya cannot represent Stanislaus County. 
Top spellers from area schools competed in the Stanislaus County Junior High Spelling Championship on December 7, 2022. The Junior High Spelling Championship, sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education, is for students in grades 7-8. The Junior High Spelling Championship occurred at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center in Modesto. Scott Kuykendall, County Superintendent of Schools, served as the Spelling Master and volunteers from each school site served as proctors.
The following 15 Stanislaus County schools participated in the Junior High Spelling Championship: Connecting Waters Charter, Creekside, Hanshaw, Hart-Ransom, Hickman, La Loma, Oakdale, Our Lady of Fatima, Paradise, Prescott, Riverbank Language Academy, St. Stanislaus, Spratling, Turlock and Yolo.
Gold medal winners are listed below:

Name

School

Grade Level

Vanessa Campos

Yolo

8

Samantha De La Cruz

Yolo

8

Alan Delgado

Hanshaw

7

Elijah Douangchith

Hart-Ransom

8

Matthew Esplin

Connecting Waters

7

Brenna Franca

Oakdale

7

Gabriel Garcia

Our Lady of Fatima

7

Jack Gordon

Hart-Ransom

8

Zoe Govea

Paradise

8

Tommy Grimes

Our Lady of Fatima

8

Kirra Hendricks

Paradise

8

Holden Jenner

Spratling

8

Teresa Medina

Hanshaw

7

Hasan Modan

Prescott

8

Amy Nailen

La Loma

7

Peyton O’Neal

Oakdale

8

Jeremiah Raven

Riverbank Language Academy

8

Abel Nehemiah Smith

La Loma

7

Ryan Stites

Hickman

7

Jace Storie

Turlock

7

Julian Topete

Creekside

8

Date Published: 
Friday, December 9, 2022