By Lillian Bowe
PNT staff writer
As the winner of last week’s Roosevelt County spelling bee, Riley Lujan won a plaque, a $500 scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University and a trip to Albuquerque in March for the state-level spelling bee.
Lujan, sixth-grader from Lindsey-Steiner Elementary, won the junior division of the spelling bee as a fourth-grader.
He has two younger sisters and an older sister. He loves to play basketball and when he grows up he wants to be a scuba diver.
What is your favorite subject?
I really like math. It just comes easy to me. I also love spelling because a lot of my classmates come to me with help and I like to help them.
Is there any word you stumbled on when you practiced for the bee?
Elegiac has always stumbled me and tycoon was a word I did not study for, so I guessed it.
What do you plan to do when you are at Albuquerque?
My uncle lives there and I will get to see him. We might have our vacation while we are there. Hopefully, I get to go with my cousins to the aquarium and zoo. I really want to see an octopus at the aquarium. It is my favorite animal. I have never seen an octopus in real life and I hope to see one in Albuquerque.
Why do you want to be a scuba diver?
I think the ocean is really beautiful and all the creatures in the ocean are really interesting. I just want to explore the ocean.
What is your favorite basketball team?
The Chicago Bulls. The team I play for is the Bulls, so that is one of the reasons I like them.