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he Ventura County Star has presented the County Spelling Bee for more than 50 years. This year, the Star is proud to present 132 of the best school-aged spellers in Ventura County. This community spelling bee program requires the commitment of school spelling bee coordinators for Ventura County public, private, parochial, charter, virtual and home schools. Each of these schools sends one champion to the final bee. Ultimately, one talented speller will win an all-expenses paid trip to the 88th annual 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company. The Ventura County Star is one of many local spelling bee sponsors from the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.

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The Bee’s official reference is Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (Webster’s Third) and its addenda section, copyright 2002, Merriam-Webster. All words on the lists produced by the Scripps national office can be found in Webster’s Third.

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How many words are in each 2013 Final Local Bee List?
2012 Ventura County champion, Brian Jeffers awaits his turn to spell.
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The purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

There are 500 words in the Final Local Bee List: 300 words from a list provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Spell It! and 200 Additional Words. Additional Words do not appear on any of the 2013 study lists for students; however, they do appear in our official dictionary.

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SCHOOL CHAMPIONS
Shayla Adam Our Lady Of Guadalupe Parish, Oxnard, grade 7 parliamentary Claudia Adelman San Antonio Elem., Ojai, grade 6 faulty Emily Aguilar Phoenix Ranch School, Moorpark, grade 7 succumb Nathalia Aguilera Briggs Elementary, Santa Paula, grade 7 planetarium Alondra Alton Rio Del Valle Jr. High, Oxnard, grade 6 renewal

This year more than 16,000 third- through eighthgrade students participated in classroom spelling bees in 132 schools from Ojai to Oak Park. Each School Spelling Bee Champion qualified to advance to the final rounds of the Ventura County Star Spelling Bee. The following is a list of those champions, the school they represent, hometown, grade level, and winning word.

Lukas Alzamora Blanche Reynolds Elem., Oxnard, grade 5 cultivation

Alexandria Angell Holy Cross School, Channel Islands, grade 8 reveal

Alejandro Arana Blanchard Elementary, Santa Paula, grade 5 describe

Matthew Arana Thelma Bedell Elem., Santa Paula, grade 5 rattlesnake

Olivia Arthur CAPE Charter School, Camarillo, grade 6 approachable

Kristina Askenas Colina Middle School, T.O., grade 7 effervesce

Diego Avila Olivelands School, Santa Paula, grade 4 patient

Geraldine Balajadia Rio Lindo Elem., Oxnard, grade 5 meticulous

Ethan Bandelin Poinsettia Elementary, Ventura, grade 5 coalescence

Brandy Barajas Rio Del Norte Elem., Oxnard, grade 5 pleasant

Warren Blinoff Santa Rosa Technology Magnet, Camarillo, grade 7 metronome

Levante Boyd Sunkist Elementary, Oxnard, grade 6 preposterous

Megan Bradley Redwood Middle School, Simi Valley, grade 7 bravado

Jonathan Brahim Tierra Linda Elem., Camarillo, grade 5 demonstrable

Claire Brokaw Santa Clara Elem., Santa Paula, grade 6 haughtiness

Noah Browne Will Rogers Elementary, Ventura, grade 3 consistency

Abbey Bufford Balboa Middle School, Ventura, grade 6 rheumatism

Jem Burch Golden Valley Charter, Van Nuys, grade 4 notabilia

Cianna Calia Carden School of Camarillo, Oxnard, grade 8 worthwhile

Kylie Camanag Mesa Union Elem., Camarillo, grade 7 exfoliate

Aimee Casillas Ocean View Jr. High, Camarillo, grade 8 cerebellum

Rachel Cassar Trinity Pacific Christian, Moorpark, grade 6 optometry

Joshua Cenzano Hollywood Beach Elem., Oxnard, grade 5 incredible

Noelle Ru Chapman Beacon Hill Classical Academy, Camarillo, grade 6 interrogative

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Abigail Chomiller La Mariposa Elem., Camarillo, grade 5 planetarium Joanna CipresHurtado Dos Caminos Elem., Camarillo, grade 4 flora Lawrenze Cocjin Julien Hathaway Port Hueneme, grade 5 conclude Alexandria Cohen Our Lady of Assumption School, Ventura, grade 8 recipient Lauren Cosgrove University Charter Middle School, Camarillo, grade 8 bravado Riley Dana Rancho Rosal Elem., Camarillo, grade 4 insurrection Adeline DeLamar Juanamaria Elem., Ventura, grade 4 formula Angela Diaz Dennis McKinna Elem., Oxnard, grade 6 curiosity

Ayla Dvoretzky La Reina High School, Newbury Park, grade 7 accomplishment

Victoria Dzieciol Las Colinas Middle School, Camarillo, grade 6 pompadour

Zayne Elnaka Mesa Verde Middle School, Moorpark, grade 6 approachable

Raizel Ferrer Christa McAuliffe Elem., Oxnard, grade 5 ferocious

Jacob Firme Fred L. Williams Elem., Oxnard, grade 4 herbaceous

Daniel Gallo Rio Real Elem., Oxnard, grade 5 language

Hayden Galvan McKevett Elementary, Santa Paula, grade 4 humility

Diego Garcia Piru Elementary Piru, grade 5 moonlight

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Eric Garcia John C. Fremont Intermediate School, Oxnard, grade 8 statistician Lauren Garcia Mupu Elementary, Santa Paula, grade 7 residential Hannah Garrison Saticoy Elem., Ventura, grade 4 incredible Maya Ghanem Sequoia Middle School, T.O., grade 6 extraneous

Cameron Gonzales Norman R. Brekke Elem., Oxnard, grade 6 flora

Victor Gonzalez Ansgar Larsen Elem., Oxnard, grade 4 glossary

Ariana Greenidge River Oaks Academy, T.O., grade 8 prominent

Taylor Gregg Summit Elementary, Ojai, grade 6 weird

County Schools Federal Credit Union is committed to supporting education. For more than 13 years the Credit Union has devoted its efforts to support youthorientated programs and initiatives including its financial literacy programs: Making the Right Money Moves; geared towards middle school and high school students, and Saving with Mandy and Randy; for elementary students. County Schools Federal Credit Union’s dedication to the students remains with the support of various youth programs such as Ventura County Office of Education Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, Science Fair and today’s Ventura County Spelling Bee. “It is our duty and responsibility to

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THE PROGRAM
Ventura County Star Spelling Bee

County Bee Pronouncer
Sheryl Misenhimer Principal Glen City Elementary School

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Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga Superintendent Ventura Unified School District Robert Emerick Chief Executive Officer County Schools Federal Credit Union Anne McCallion Chief Financial Officer PennyMac Alisa Sparkia Moore, J.D. Albert Sciamanna Vice President, Customer Service and Fulfillment SAGE John Tarkany Coordinator, Student Competitions & Fundraising Ventura County Office of Education

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Many Thanks To Our Coordinators and Volunteers
Thank you to the 132 school coordinators who coached and mentored their school champion. Thank you to the Worker Bees who have dedicated their time to ensure that our spellers are welcome and prepared. Above all, thanks to the students, parents and teachers from Ventura County who took part in this year’s Spelling Bee.

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Welcome Spelling Bee Rules Spelling Bee Awards Ceremony

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Margie Cochrane Publisher & Chief Revenue Officer Monica White Director of Marketing, West Coast Julie Lopez County Spelling Bee Coordinator

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RETURNING CHAMPIONS
Olivia Arthur “Olivia is a logophile!” CAPE Charter School Ethan Bandelin “Ethan is a great student who makes Poinsettia proud. He is the oldest of three siblings. He enjoys playing baseball and skateboarding. He reads nightly, with his favorite genre being mystery, and his favorite series being the Hardy Boys.” Poinsettia Elementary School Cianna Calia “Cianna is an aspiring paleontologist. She often talks about fossils and has taught her teachers a thing or two!” Carden School Of Camarillo

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What schools had to say about our 2012 Returning School Champs
Noelle Ru Chapman “Noelle can be found at any time humming or singing songs from her favorite movie and book Les Miserables. Since she is learning Mandarin Chinese as her second language, English spelling seems a bit easier for her!” Beacon Hill Classical Academy

Bryant Hawks “Bryant loves to read and is an excellent soccer player in addition to being a comedian!” Sunset School

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La Mariposa 2 years in a row; last year as a 4th grader and this year as a 5th grader!” La Mariposa Elementary School Troy Guglielmo “Troy likes hockey, basketball, skateboarding and listening to music.” Pleasant Valley Christian School Lauren Cosgrove “Lauren likes to play soccer and hang out with her friends. This is her fourth Spelling Bee and she has won it 3 times.” University Charter Middle School Sophia Silvester “Sophia is an avid reader, is very organized, is a leader on our campus, and is a good friend to her peers.” Bethany Christian School Jacob Firme “Jacob is a standout student: smart, funny, athletic and super personable. In addition to pursuing academic excellence, he loves karate and video games. This is his second appearance in the county bee; he placed in the top 10 last year as a third grader.” Fred L Williams Elementary School Roselyn Romero “Roselyn is a phenomenal human being. She not only reads voraciously, she will finish an entire series of books before I have finished the first book, and her book reviews are second to none. Roselyn is also a caring and compassionate person.” Charles Blackstock Junior High School Soleil Jones “Soleil’s favorite book is ‘A Little Princess.’ She also swims and crochets.” Juan Soria Elementary School

Ariana Greenidge “Girl Scout, pianist, jewelry maker, loves everything pink and zebra print.” River Oaks Academy

Ruby Lyn Lucin “Honor student. Very outspoken and bright. Would like to become an attorney.” Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School

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Damian Meza “Damian loves to read fantasy books.” Fillmore Middle School

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Marisol Ramirez “This is Marisol’s second year in a row as St. Sebastian School Champion!” St. Sebastian School

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Micah Wilcox “Micah is intellectually curious, focused, and an extremely well rounded student.” De Anza Middle School

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The number of school

spelling bee champions who qualified for the Ventura County Star Spelling Bee.

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The age of the youngest school champion: Carissa Rangel

The number The most number of letters of eighth grade in three of the winning words school champions. from the school spelling bees — accomplishment, fantastically, and grandiloquence. The number of returning spellers The percentage who competed in the 2012 Ventura of girls participating County Star Spelling Bee. in the county bee.

The number of third grade school champions

The number of spellers competing in their third Ventura County Star Spelling Bee: Cianna Calia

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Troy Guglielmo Pleasant Valley Christian School, Camarillo, grade 8 grandiloquence

SCHOOL CHAMPIONS
Jakob Harwood Mira Monte Elem., Ojai, grade 6 provoke Bryant Hawks Sunset Elementary, Oak View, grade 6 diverge Katie Hearst Brookside Elementary, Oak Park, grade 4 judicial Hayden Hickerson Citrus Glen Elementary, Ventura, grade 5 complexity Sofia Huff Pierpont Elementary, Ventura, grade 4 satire Rachel Johnston Junipero Serra Elem., Ventura, grade 4 plateau Soleil Jones Juan Soria Elementary, Oxnard, grade 8 delicatessen

Golnaz Kamali Loma Vista Elementary, Ventura, grade 3 isolation

Anjali Khandelwal Chaparral Middle School, Moorpark, grade 8 electioneer

Goldie Kline Lindero Canyon Middle School, Agoura Hills, grade 6 beatitude

Sophia Koehler University Preparatory School at CSUCI, Camarillo, grade 5 convention

Cierra LaMarchina Meadows Arts and Technology Elem., T.O., grade 5 nonchalant

Michelle Andrea Landeros Cesar Chavez Elem., Oxnard, grade 6 whiskery

Megan Langley Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Simi Valley, grade 7 describe

Laura Larzelere Hueneme Elem., Port Hueneme, grade 5 magnificent

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Deven Leon Isbell Middle School, Santa Paula, grade 7 comportment Aja Lim Montalvo Elementary, Ventura, grade 5 culture Miguel Lopez E. P. Foster Elementary, Ventura, grade 5 canteen Ruby Lyn Lucin Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School, Oxnard, grade 8 salubrious

Cate Mackel St. Rose of Lima School, Simi Valley, grade 7 satisfactory

Uyen Mai E. O. Green Jr. High, Port Hueneme, grade 8 personage

Yahir Mariles Glen City Elementary, Santa Paula, grade 5 snarky

Aidan McDonald Topa Topa Elementary, Oak View, grade 6 slander

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Michael Medina Barbara Webster Elem., Santa Paula, grade 5 squalid Jonathan Merete Elmhurst Elementary, Ventura, grade 4 mandate Jasmine Mesa Norma Harrington Elem., Oxnard, grade 4 eruption Christian Messoline Matilija Junior High School, Ojai, grade 7 mistletoe Damian Meza Fillmore Middle School, Fillmore, grade 6 satisfactory Eli Mochel Ojai Valley School, Carpinteria, grade 7 approachable Kimia Mortezai Mary Law Private School, Oxnard, grade 6 perestroika Zachary Mundwiller St. Paschal Baylon, T.O., grade 8 seismograph

Christopher Nguyen Los Primeros Structured, Camarillo, grade 8 diaphanous

Kayla Olivarez Rio Plaza Elementary, Oxnard, grade 5 describe

Gisele Ortega Sacred Heart Elem., Ventura, grade 6 facilitate

Andria Osuna-Casas Grace S. Thille Elem., Santa Paula, grade 4 gnat

Vincent Paz Rose Avenue Elem., Oxnard, grade 6 impediment

Emily Peirson Pinecrest Schools (T.O.), Newbury Park, grade 5 evaluate

Larisa Penaloza Rio Vista Middle School, Oxnard, grade 6 occupancy

Sophia Pina Sespe Elementary, Fillmore, grade 5 rustic

Jason Pitpit Driffill Elementary, Oxnard, grade 6 vaporize

Tori Plummer Pinecrest Schools, Moorpark, grade 5 entangled

Fred Ponce III Mountain Vista Elem., Fillmore, grade 5 lousy

Kiya Pupa Meiners Oaks Elem., Ojai, grade 6 opulent

Test your spelling prowess
Have you ever watched or attended a Spelling Bee and thought “Hey, I know these words?” Here is your chance to find out how you would do in the county championship. This video is the actual first round test from the 2012 Ventura County Spelling Bee. All participants were required to take this test and the top scoring spellers then moved on to the final rounds held at California State University, Channel Islands. With the 2013 bee today, here’s a chance to test yourself. Just go to The Star’s website below and participate in your own spelling bee. Have fun and good luck! http://www.vcstar.com/videos/detail/spelling-bee-home-quiz

Matthew Racelis St. Anthony’s School, Oxnard, grade 5 ardent

Neela Rahseparian Monte Vista Middle School, Camarillo, grade 8 vernacular

Ella Rajala Ventura Mission Christian School, Ventura, grade 7 opulent

Olivia Rajhel Las Posas Elementary, Camarillo, grade 4 fantastically

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Marisol Ramirez St. Sebastian School, Fillmore, grade 8 caterpillar

SCHOOL CHAMPIONS
Carissa Rangel PJ Academy, Oxnard, grade 3 extreme Tejas Rao Red Oak Elementary, T.O., grade 4 caravan Alejandro Razo Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Oxnard, grade 6 implicit Jessica Reyes Art Haycox Elem., Oxnard, grade 5 incredible Estrella Rico Sheridan Way Elem., Ventura, grade 4 miasma Madeleine Ro Cornerstone Christian, T.O., grade 6 pestilent Roselyn Romero Charles Blackstock Junior High School, Oxnard, grade 7 lousy

Matthew Roth Conejo Valley Homeschoolers, Newbury Park, grade 5 parliamentary

Jessica Ruiz Robert J. Frank Intermediate School, Oxnard, grade 8 vaporize

Mason Sachs Camarillo Heights Elem., Camarillo, grade 4 pleasant

Dominique Salapare St. Mary Magdalen, Camarillo, grade 8 fallibility

Lesly Salazar Ramona Elementary, Oxnard, grade 5 precaution

Nathaniel Salazar Living Oaks Middle School Acad. Alliance, Moorpark, grade 7 isolation

Bryce Saldajeno Los Cerritos Middle School, T.O., grade 7 nonchalant

Vipul Sangaraju Oak Hills Elementary, Oak Park, grade 5 grandiloquence

Braden Silva Mound Elementary, Ventura, grade 4 haughtiness

Sophia Silvester Bethany Christian, T.O., grade 6 invertebrate

Genevieve Thomas Cabrillo Middle School, Ventura, grade 8 bravado

Han Trieu Rio Del Mar Elem., Oxnard, grade 5 horizon

Julian Tuazon Rio Rosales Elem., Oxnard, grade 4 apostate

Meleia Vallier Portola Elementary, Ventura, grade 5 monumental

Alexis Vasquez Emilie Ritchen Elem., Oxnard, grade 6 convention

Gisela Vazquez Marina West Elem., Port Hueneme, grade 5 transfixed

Kyler Vea Santa Clara Elementary, Oxnard, grade 4 occupancy

Valerie Velasquez Lincoln Elementary, Ventura, grade 5 merit

Micah Wilcox De Anza Middle School, Ventura, grade 6 taciturn

Richard Yan Medea Creek Middle School, Oak Park, grade 8 hors d’oeuvre

Rachel Zaffina Anacapa Middle School, Ventura, grade 7 implicit

Connor Zamora El Descanso Elem., Camarillo, grade 4 snarky

Dorian Zavala San Cayetano Elem., Piru, grade 4 potatoes

LAST YEAR’S CHAMPION
Brian Jeffers, 2012 Ventura County Star Spelling Bee Champ

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ast March, Brian Jeffers, an eighth-grader at Las Colinas Middle School in Camarillo at the time, took first in the countywide Ventura County Star Spelling Bee. The event was held at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo. Brian was one of 136 school champions who started the day early with a written test — 43 advanced to the traditional oral bee. He started the bee on a light note, pointedly checking his name tag when it came his turn to spell his name, which prompted a burst of laughter from anxious parents and teachers in the audience.

“That was intentional,” he said after his win. “I just wanted to get a laugh. ... Humor helps you stay calmer, not as tense.” After a day of spelling obscure words, overcoming tense moments and even making a couple of jokes, he was pleased to take first place in round 10 by correctly spelling “renascent,” which means “showing new life or strength.” Brian received an all-expenses paid trip to near Washington, D.C. to compete in the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Scripps is the parent company of the Ventura County Star. Here’s why Brian is such a great speller: He recognizes patterns in words. And he loves to read. In fact, that’s how he prepared for the

After a day of spelling obscure words, overcoming tense moments and even making a couple of jokes, Brian Jeffers was pleased to take first place in round 10 of the countywide spelling bee.

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Scripps National Spelling Bee. He sought out unusual words in whatever he was reading at the moment and learned them. And he recognized words that likely derived from, say, Latin or French. He especially likes French. “They have words that have these weird sounds — like ‘boudoir,’ “ he said, stretching out the last syllable. Brian wasn’t the first in his family to go to the national spelling bee. Years ago, his mother’s brother went, also representing Ventura County. Brian said his mother, Dr. Lynn Jeffers, is the main person who helped him prepare for the bee. And she offered perspective. “I always tell him, ‘It’s not just about books; it’s about life,’ “ said Lynn Jeffers, a physician in Camarillo. Brian’s entire family — his mother, father and younger sister, Haley, 9 — traveled with him for the bee. The three-day national competition last June was tough, starting with a written test the first day and two oral rounds of spelling the next. The field was competitive with 278 spellers, ranging in age from 8 to 15, arriving from all 50 states and some foreign countries. To qualify for the semifinals, spellers had to earn a score of at least 23. Scores were determined from the results of a written test and two oral rounds of competition. He had spelled two words correctly in the preliminary rounds and felt he had done well on the written test. But when the names of the 50 semifinalists were announced at the end of the second day of competition, Brian’s name was not on the list. “I just did my best,” he said. Brian earned six points from spelling two words correctly in the oral rounds and another 13 points on the written test,

Brian took first place by correctly spelling “renascent” in the countywide spelling bee. His advice to future spellers? “Just work, study hard and don’t give up.”
giving him a total score of 19. He got off to a good start in the two oral rounds of competition. During round two, he stood confidently before the microphone, hands at his side, and attempted to spell coffle, which comes from Arabic and means a gang of men or a train of animals fastened together. “C-o-f-f-l-e,” he said. The judges nodded their approval, the audience broke into applause, and he returned to his seat in triumph. A few hours later, Brian was back at the microphone, where he correctly spelled “balalaika” in the third round. Balalaika is a guitar-like instrument. “I sort of guessed,” he confessed later, admitting that he had only vaguely heard of the word. Even though he did not advance to the semifinals, Brian said participating in the spelling bee had been a good experience. He was sponsored by the Ventura County Star. His advice to future spellers? “Just work, study hard and don’t give up,” he said.

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