WGA fourth-grader claims No. 1 title in Spelling Bee

A ten-letter word denotes victory for Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence student Zander Huynh. After rounds of intense competition, the fourth-grader won the 2019 Garland ISD Spelling Bee, acing this year’s championship word: lieutenant. 

Although it took Huynh just 12 seconds to spell the winning word, the first-place trophy is not easily attained. The annual district Spelling Bee features fourth through eighth-graders vying for the No. 1 spot. Huynh’s achievement is even more impressive considering he was one of the youngest contenders. 

During the Jan. 16 contest, Huynh and a Hudson Middle School student were the last two standing. When the word gingham overcame his competitor, Huynh snagged the title by correctly spelling mariachi and the prize-winning term. 

Congratulations and good luck to Huynh and the following six runners-up who will compete in the Dallas County Spelling Bee. 

  • Aubry Perine – Hudson Middle School
  • Lukas Hernandez – Keeley Elementary School
  • Jennifer Ho – Jackson Technology Center for Math & Science
  • Zoe Bagaoisan – Hillside Academy for Excellence
  • Ria Rana – Austin Academy for Excellence
  • Charlotte Terry – Caldwell Elementary School

Photos courtesy of Dave Burton.