The Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s Office hosted their 2018 Spelling Bee Contest. The event was held on Friday, February 2, 2018. The event coordinators: Marisol Chiquete-Bolaina, and Julie A. Ulrich. It was held at the Santa Cruz County Complex. The Spelling Bee began with a pledge of allegiance followed with a warm welcome by the Santa Cruz County Superintendent Alfredo I. Velasquez. The event was well attended by students, parents, teachers, and judges who enjoyed a fun-filled day of surprises and prizes.
Larry Frederick from Lincoln Elementary School was the pronouncer of the Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee had 5 judges those included: Honorable Judge Emilio Velasquez, Santa Cruz County Attorney George Silva, Treasurer Elizabeth Gutfahr, Border Patrol Agent Alan Regalado, and Jovanna Lopez a State Farm Insurance Agent. The Spelling Bee had approximately 24 students participated, including the winner and runner-up. The winner Jian Tatil will prepare to participate in the Arizona Spelling Bee in March.