Spellers get set

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Letters and syllables will be flying across the Clovis Community College stage this morning in the 2007 Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Regional Spelling Bee. Three dozen participants representing schools in Roosevelt, Quay and Curry counties, ranging in age from 8 to 14, will compete for a trip to […]

Student spells her way to victory

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Valencia Elementary fifth-grader Yesica Saucedo survived an hour-long battle to win the Roosevelt County Spanish Spelling Bee. Saucedo correctly spelled literatura, which means literature in English, to beat Portales Junior High School’s Russell Van Dam on Monday in the board room of the Portales Schools Administration office. The two […]

Teacher was master of sarcasm

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Some folks carry grudges all their lives. They don’t leave home without them. They’re just not happy unless they’re blasting governments, churches, school boards, or college football teams. They’re even against actors, neighbors, newspapers, television, lawyers, and relatives. But the weirdest resentment I ever saw belonged to my wife […]

Local speller ready for break

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Lucas Donaldson says he is all spelled out. The Zia Elementary student traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, Lucas Donaldson was eliminated in the second round by the word “ronquil.” Donaldson called the event nerve-racking and said he calmed himself during the […]

Area Spanish spellers travel

By Tony Parra Three students from eastern New Mexico will face their fears of getting up in front of a big crowd Saturday as well as the best Spanish spellers in New Mexico. The New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee competition is the ultimate goal for the student spellers who speak Spanish. The spelling bee is […]

Clovis fifth grader wins regional spelling bee

By Andy Jackson Stephanie Stancell did the prerequisite work on “prerequisite,” studying the word and practicing its spelling, she said. But when her chance came to win the 2006 Regional Spelling Bee, she left off the “e” at the end of the word. Zia Elementary School fifth-grader Lucas Donaldson pounced on the opening, spelling the […]

Spellers hit their Paideias for Saturday’s spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz The fate of the young contestants hinge on words that are rarely used in daily speech and rarely seen in ink: “Samovar,” a metal urn; “nisse,” a friendly goblin of Scandinavian folklore that frequents farm buildings; “torrenticole,” an organism that lives in swiftly flowing water. But it isn’t the rarity, nor the […]

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 […]

Johnson resigns as Portales High School football coach

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By Tony Parra Randy Fowler, Portales School District Superintendent, announced the resignation of Portales High School football coach Glenn Johnson during Monday’s school board meeting. Johnson has been the head football coach for the Rams’ football team for the last seven years. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator for the Eastern New Mexico University […]

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, […]