The winning word for the Questa School student was “facetious,” according to Shelly Jersey, spokeswoman for the San Joaquin County Office of Education. The county office sponsored countywide junior high and elementary bees this week at the Wentworth Education Center in Stockton.
Passa was among 58 county students who tested their spelling skills in the seventh-through-ninth-grade junior high division and the fourth-through-sixth-grade elementary division.
The junior high runner-up was eighth-grader James Quiaoit of Stella Brockman Elementary School in Manteca.
Jersey said the students had to make it through a four-word elimination to be crowned the winners.
In addition to Passa, the Tracy area was represented by seventh-graders Brooke Lemson of New Jerusalem School, Surabhi Hareendranath of Bethany School and Jordan Manley of Williams Middle School; eighth-graders Deana Doerre of Traina School, Riley Masters of Hawkins School and Marielle Garcia of Kelly School; and ninth-graders Fatima Iqbal and Julie Le Trinh, both of Kimball High School.
First and second prize in the elementary division went to Patrick Caldwell of Ripon Elementary and Amelia Ellison of Vinewood Elementary in Lodi after a two-word elimination.
Competing from the Tracy area in the elementary division were fourth-grader Victoria Rivera of Freiler School; fifth-graders Celine Ha of Hirsch School, Prantik Bharadwaj of River Islands Technology Academy, Annaliese Canafe of Bethany School and Jillian Madrazo of Questa School; and sixth-graders Cadence Messier and Gilberto Diaz of Jefferson School and Bernice Lozada of Discovery Charter School.
The winner and runner-up in each division received a plaque, a Barnes & Noble Booksellers gift card and the opportunity to represent San Joaquin County at the state competitions.
The elementary state bee championship is scheduled April 26 at the Wentworth Education Center, and the junior high state bee will be May 3 at Miller Creek Middle School in San Rafael.
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