Spellers get set

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Letters and syllables will be flying across the Clovis Community College stage this morning in the 2007 Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Regional Spelling Bee. Three dozen participants representing schools in Roosevelt, Quay and Curry counties, ranging in age from 8 to 14, will compete for a trip to […]

Student spells her way to victory

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Valencia Elementary fifth-grader Yesica Saucedo survived an hour-long battle to win the Roosevelt County Spanish Spelling Bee. Saucedo correctly spelled literatura, which means literature in English, to beat Portales Junior High School’s Russell Van Dam on Monday in the board room of the Portales Schools Administration office. The two […]

Teacher was master of sarcasm

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Some folks carry grudges all their lives. They don’t leave home without them. They’re just not happy unless they’re blasting governments, churches, school boards, or college football teams. They’re even against actors, neighbors, newspapers, television, lawyers, and relatives. But the weirdest resentment I ever saw belonged to my wife […]

Local speller ready for break

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Lucas Donaldson says he is all spelled out. The Zia Elementary student traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, Lucas Donaldson was eliminated in the second round by the word “ronquil.” Donaldson called the event nerve-racking and said he calmed himself during the […]

Area Spanish spellers travel

By Tony Parra Three students from eastern New Mexico will face their fears of getting up in front of a big crowd Saturday as well as the best Spanish spellers in New Mexico. The New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee competition is the ultimate goal for the student spellers who speak Spanish. The spelling bee is […]

Clovis fifth grader wins regional spelling bee

By Andy Jackson Stephanie Stancell did the prerequisite work on “prerequisite,” studying the word and practicing its spelling, she said. But when her chance came to win the 2006 Regional Spelling Bee, she left off the “e” at the end of the word. Zia Elementary School fifth-grader Lucas Donaldson pounced on the opening, spelling the […]

Spellers hit their Paideias for Saturday’s spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz The fate of the young contestants hinge on words that are rarely used in daily speech and rarely seen in ink: “Samovar,” a metal urn; “nisse,” a friendly goblin of Scandinavian folklore that frequents farm buildings; “torrenticole,” an organism that lives in swiftly flowing water. But it isn’t the rarity, nor the […]

Spanish speller moves on to state spelling bee

By Tony Parra It started with eight students from the Portales School District, but quickly it dwindled down to two girls and Jessica Lavalle was able to correctly spell “volver” to win the district Spanish Spelling Bee. Lavalle won on Feb. 24 and will be competing in Albuquerque in the New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee […]

Johnson resigns as Portales High School football coach

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By Tony Parra Randy Fowler, Portales School District Superintendent, announced the resignation of Portales High School football coach Glenn Johnson during Monday’s school board meeting. Johnson has been the head football coach for the Rams’ football team for the last seven years. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator for the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Clovis boy making repeat trip to spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz The dictionary, tilted slightly, nearly engulfed an entire cushion on the Gillooly’s L-shaped couch. Sitting diagonally from the 2,662 page reference book, with his hands folded in his lap, Zachary Gillooly looked composed. But for this Yucca Junior High ninth-grader, the dictionary has been a friend and, at times, a foe. Gillooly, […]

Sixth-grader prepares for Spanish spelling bee

By Tony Parra A Lindsey Elementary sixth-grader will be making a trip to Albuquerque on Saturday to compete against the best spellers in the state of New Mexico. Laura Lopez, Lindsey sixth-grader, will be competing at the Spanish state spelling bee on Saturday morning. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. and the competition […]

Teen pulls repeat in spelling bee

By David Irvin A little extra effort each day helped Zach Gillooly repeat Saturday as the regional spelling bee. The next stop for the 13-year-old Yucca Junior High student on the spelling bee circuit is Washington, D.C., where he will compete at the national level. “There’s a lot of competition there (in Washington),” he said. […]

Moderator has own history in spelling bee

By Lesli Radford Carol Nash has been participating in spelling bees for nearly 50 years. She won the Quay County spelling bee as a San Jon student in 1957. Then when she became a first-grade teacher at now-defunct Eugene Fields School in Clovis, her principal asked her to help out by pronouncing words for contestants. […]

Feb. 6 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon Anti-bully program Wednesday found students and their homeroom advisory working on plans to eliminate bullying from schools.  This state-mandated program allows students to identify bullying activity and learn ways to defuse the situation. Students are encouraged to let teachers or the counselor know about incidents that can be addressed in a safe […]

Feb. 6 Faith Triumphant School News

By Donna Kelly Homecoming festivities were held last Friday at Conqueror Gym. Victoria Payen and Luis McCain were the 2005 queen and king. Attendants were Cassie Paden and Eric Cathey. The flower girl was Bryanna Moore, and the crown bearer was Tobin Alford. FTCS alumni played against the Varsity boys. The varsity boys barely squeaked […]

Jan. 30 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming events • Friday is an ELS day. School will release at noon. • Booster Club will meet Feb. 7. • Spring Pictures will be Feb. 24. Basketball • Tuesday: junior varsity boys, varsity boys and girls, vs. Dora at Floyd, 4 p.m. • Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Junior High Girls and Boys, […]

Dec. 19 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming events • Final Exams are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday • Classes will dismiss for Christmas holidays at noon on Wednesday. They will resume Jan. 4. Basketball • Junior High’s next game will be Jan. 10. They will play Ft. Sumner at Floyd at 5 p.m. • Junior Varsity’s next game will […]

Dec. 12 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming events • School board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. • Final Exams are Dec. 20-22. • Classes will dismiss for Christmas Holidays at noon on Dec. 22. They will resume Jan. 4. Basketball • Tuesday, Junior High Boys and Girls vs. Elida at Elida, 4:30 p.m. • Friday, JV Girls […]

Dec. 5 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming events • The Christmas program will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. • Juniors will be taking the ASVAB test on Tuesday. • School Board will meet Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. • Final exams are Dec.20-22. • Classes will dismiss for Christmas holidays at noon on Dec. 22. Basketball • Tuesday, […]

Spelling test one of many “triumfs”

By Bob Huber Each fall I’m reminded of my heroic attempts to pass the spelling test at the University of Colorado. I’m legend in the faculty lounge at Boulder where they say, “Do you remember that rocket scientist who couldn’t spell CAT?” Back then, CU believed in an 11th Commandment that said students couldn’t become […]