My turn: Youth on right track

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Covering the Roosevelt County regional spelling bee this weekend made me feel like a proud parent. Every time a child spelled a word correctly, I wanted to golf clap in my chair. Every time a child was knocked out of a round, I wanted to let them know that they were extraordinary for even participating [...]

My turn: Hoping youthful ambition stays strong

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Covering the Roosevelt County regional spelling bee this weekend made me feel like a proud parent. Every time a child spelled a word correctly, I wanted to golf clap in my chair. Every time a child was knocked out of a round, I wanted to let them know that they were extraordinary for even participating [...]

‘Behoove’ winning word at county spelling bee

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Christina Calloway “Behoove” was the word that ended it all, a word that when spelled correctly usually means virtually nothing for most people but for 10-year-old Abigail Cameron, it meant she was a champion. She had confidence all along that she would be champion and not because she’s been studying every day since Christmas break, [...]

Spelling bee winners announced

PNT staff report Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the Roosevelt County Bee on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. in Buchanan Hall. The winner and runner-up for all schools participating in the bee this year are: • Dora Schools: Senior Division winner — Charlyn Simpson; Senior Division runner-up — Jaedin Paxton • Floyd [...]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Tori Spelling says ‘The third pregnancy is for sure harder’

Pregnant Tori Spelling and Family Go Shopping

Jenny Schafer What are the must-haves for summer 2011? Just ask celeb mom Tori Spelling. The actress and best-selling author has handpicked the products of the season which are all available at her new store InvenTORI in Sherman Oaks, Calif. and on her website, www.torispelling.com/. When she’s not searching out the hottest items, the expectant [...]

Technology molding next generation

As we were reviewing first-grade spelling words, all of them based on the “u” sound, my granddaughter Mikayla looked at me in all innocence and proclaimed “Mute doesn’t mean you can’t speak. It’s the button you push on the remote.” I solemnly swear to you that this is not a child who spends countless hours [...]

Reader submitted content: Portales eight-grader spells way to state competition for third time

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Betty Williamson S-T-A-T-E C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N. Those are two words that eighth-grade spelling whiz Mathew Sanchez hopes to add to his resume after March’s state Spelling Bee in Albuquerque. Mathew earned the right to represent Roosevelt County for the third and final time after surviving a 25-round showdown with sixth-grader Nicholas Brown in the senior division of [...]

Friday morning briefing: The buzz, the history of flight and a dream explodes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. The buzz Check out the annual Roosevelt County spelling bee 9 a.m. Saturday at

County spelling bee set for Saturday

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Argen Duncan Elementary and middle school students will be spelling it out for the county this Saturday. Fourteen students from three county school districts are to compete in the annual Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. The winner of the senior division, sixth- through eighth-graders, receives a $500 scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University and a chance [...]

Valencia School fifth-grader wins Spanish spelling bee

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Valencia School fifth-grader Yacaranday De la Torre enjoyed participating in the Spanish Spelling Bee. Winning it Wednesday and advancing to state finals was even more fun. “I enjoy studying and spelling the words,” De la Torre said. This was Torre’s second time participating in the bee. It was sponsored [...]