Clovis boy making repeat trip to spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz The dictionary, tilted slightly, nearly engulfed an entire cushion on the Gillooly’s L-shaped couch. Sitting diagonally from the 2,662 page reference book, with his hands folded in his lap, Zachary Gillooly looked composed. But for this Yucca Junior High ninth-grader, the dictionary has been a friend and, at times, a foe. Gillooly, […]

Teen pulls repeat in spelling bee

By David Irvin A little extra effort each day helped Zach Gillooly repeat Saturday as the regional spelling bee. The next stop for the 13-year-old Yucca Junior High student on the spelling bee circuit is Washington, D.C., where he will compete at the national level. “There’s a lot of competition there (in Washington),” he said. […]

Local participant knocked out in national bee

By Mike Linn Zack Gillooly and several modern-day dictionaries had something in common Wednesday morning: None of them recognized the word “reresupper.” Zack, representing the eastern New Mexico region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., lost in the first speaking round after misspelling the word by one letter, using an “o” instead […]

Clovis youth prepares for national spelling bee

By Ryan Lengerich His friends call him Zack, but Tuesday he will be known simply as “Speller No. 141.” That number will be assigned to Clovis’ Zachary Gillooly when he represents eastern New Mexico in a three-day competition this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New […]