Competition heats up in Spanish spelling bee
Posted at: 07/21/2012 8:01 PM
| Updated at: 07/21/2012 8:12 PM
By: Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Saturday marked the 2nd Annual Santillana National Spanish Spelling Bee at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Nineteen students from seven different states participated in the competition - up from the ten participants from last year.
Organizers stressed the important of bilingual events. David Rogers was one of the organizers.
"One other language is used fro instructing our students, but also a focus for developing language and literacy," he said. "And, of course, Spanish - in this case - is the language of focus for this event."
The Second Annual National Spanish Spelling Bee is again being organized by the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education (NMABE) and the Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education (AMME).
The spelling bee wraps up Saturday evening with a banquet.
The grand prize for the competition is a scholarship.