February 7, 2012
It took 19 rounds and 144 words to do it, but Mountain Avenue Elementary student Zerxes Bhadha emerged as the Glendale Unified spelling champion Monday after besting his counterparts from the district's 19 other elementary schools. “He reads a lot so he is he is a natural speller,” his mother, Bucky Bhadha said as she congratulated him after the event. The win was the result of a lot of practice and some steely nerves, the 12-year-old Zerxes said. “I tried to do that so I didn't feel nervous,” he said of his stoic demeanor throughout the competition.
May 16, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- "Thesis." "I was laughing when I heard that word," said Vanessa Molano, a sixth-grader at R.D. White Elementary School. Molano recognized it from a sound clip she and her friend had heard on a Web site. And she knew how to spell it. With the correct spelling of the word, Molano became the first student from R.D. White Elementary to win the Districtwide Elementary Spelling Bee in the competition's 25-year history, school officials said.
April 2, 2004
Four Rosemont Middle School students competed in the Glendale Unified School District's Middle School Spelling Bee last week, and two made it to the top six of best spellers in the district. Rosemont students Ellen McNeill, Jessica S. Kim, Galeh Marogossian, and Susan Lee competed in the spelling bee finals at the district's offices Monday night. The district's four middle schools each chose their best spellers in school spelling bees. Those four students went on to the district finals.
February 3, 2009
A Fremont Elementary School fifth-grader took home the top prize Monday night after out-spelling 19 other students at the Glendale Unified School District’s Elementary School Spelling Bee Finals. Leah Kemp, 10, of Glendale was awarded a trophy, a Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and $50 for being the top speller. In a spell-off round, Leah went up against Alexandria Chwierut, a Lincoln Elementary School sixth-grader. But Leah came out on top after she consecutively spelled two words — “coax” and “souvenir” — correctly.
June 1, 2000
Judy Seckler WASHINGTON D.C. -- Some 248 kids from all over the 50 states journeyed to Washington, D.C., Wednesday for the preliminary round of the National Spelling Bee, and Glendale was there. The Jewel City was represented by Mariam Firunts, a 13-year-old Toll Middle School student and Southern California Spelling champion. Mariam, 13, began her day of competition at 8 a.m. among 120 contestants. , was eliminated in the third round among 55 contestants.
April 13, 2007
Presented by Broadway/L.A., "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will have its Los Angeles premiere at the Wadsworth Theatre on the Veteran Administration grounds in Brentwood for a limited four-week engagement from May 24 to June 17. One of the major hits of the past few seasons, Spelling Bee will enter its third smash year on Broadway on April 15. Starring in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" are the cast that originated these...
May 6, 2003
Students representing Glendale Unified School District's 20 elementary schools faced off in the district's annual spelling bee finals Monday night. Wasseem Hamadani, a sixth-grader at Balboa Elementary, was the defending champion against 19 other fifth- and sixth-graders from across the district. The district's director of curriculum and instruction, Joel Shapiro, served as pronouncer and coordinators of Project 17 and Gifted and Talented Education, Janet Buhl and Christine Hoehner-m served as judges in the competition.
January 13, 2009
Toll Middle School student Jacob Deyell got prepared for Monday’s spelling bee by calling his grandmother, who lives in Canada, and going over a list of words over the phone with her. The eighth-grader found that his grandmother, who has an extensive vocabulary, was the best person to help him with pronunciation and spelling of words. “There is a long list of words I have to learn,” said Jacob, 12. Jacob, along with 15 other competitors, had a pre-set list of spelling words that they studied before competing in Monday’s 33rd annual Glendale Unified School District Middle School Spelling Bee Finals, which the Soroptimist International of Glendale sponsored.
March 22, 2000
Tim Willert DOWNTOWN -- Mariam Firunts is $50 richer today, but the payoff didn't come easy to the Toll Middle School seventh-grader. It took Mariam 19 rounds to win the Glendale Unified School District's middle school spelling bee Monday. Mariam, 12, outlasted Wilson seventh-grader Edgar Shaghoulian by correctly spelling the words "equatorial" and "habitat" to win $50 in prize money. "I might buy my mom something, just because she's a great mother," Mariam said.
April 25, 2008
Pro-spellers honored by K of C The Knights of Columbus, located in Montrose, held an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 10 to honor the winners of their annual spelling bee that took place in March. The spelling bee included fourth to eighth grade students from local Catholic schools St. Bede, St. James the Less and Holy Redeemer. The spelling bee had each contestant stand and say the word, spell the word and then say the word again. Each student was given the word list for his or her grade level to study beforehand.