Spanish speller moves on to state spelling bee

By Tony Parra It started with eight students from the Portales School District, but quickly it dwindled down to two girls and Jessica Lavalle was able to correctly spell “volver” to win the district Spanish Spelling Bee. Lavalle won on Feb. 24 and will be competing in Albuquerque in the New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee [...]

Program celebrates 10 years

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents went to James Elementary on Thursday night to stay involved with their children’s education and saw first-hand the things their children are learning at school. It was part of the 10-year anniversary of a professional development program in which college students work with James Elementary teachers to instruct students. [...]

Nine to compete for fair royalty

PNT Staff Nine girls are vying to be crowned as royalty during the Roosevelt County Fair, set for Aug. 22-27 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The Roosevelt County Fair Queen contest will begin with horsemanship 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairgrounds Arena. The public is welcome to come watch. A new feature, the speech and [...]

Contest buzzing with excitement

By Michelle Seeber Twenty-nine words into the 13th round, Zach Gillooly of Clovis won the regional spelling bee Saturday at Clovis Community College. The 12-year-old seventh-grader from Yucca Junior High School won by correctly spelling the word “dipsomania.” Because he won, Zach will get to travel to Washington, D.C., on a trip sponsored by Freedom [...]