Vallejo youth wins county spelling bee
Kirti Kaur, center, a 6th grader at Cordelia Hills Elementary School, spells out a word during the 39th Annual Solano County Spelling Bee at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center in Suisun City, Tuesday. About 40 4th through 6th graders from throughout Solano County participated in the competition. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)
SUISUN CITY — The winning word: inaugurate.
It was Gabriella Pasami, a fifth-grader from Dan Mini Elementary School in Vallejo, who quietly spelled the word to the satisfaction of spell master Jon Unger.
Pasami and Maryann Pidlaoan, a fifth-grader from Glen Cove Elementary School, also in Vallejo, will now represent Solano County's schools at the state spelling bee, which will take place April 18 in Stockton.
Both young girls admitted they were nervous, but it did not show as they outlasted 42 other contestants from the county's elementary schools and several of its middle schools Tuesday night at the 39th Annual Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee.
Pasami said it was motivation and support from her parents and her teacher that gave her the courage to stand up in . . . Continue Reading