Five boys and five girls from 10 different HISD schools will be testing the limits of their vocabulary on Saturday, April 2, when they take part in the finals of the Houston Public Media spelling bee. The top two winners of the Houston-area competition will be eligible to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C., in May.
This year’s local contest is particularly meaningful for two HISD students: fifth-grader Bryan Moore (Lovett ES) and eighth-grader Christine Bowyer (Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan).
Bryan will be following in his mother’s footsteps, as she won the campus spelling bee when she was a student at Lovett back in 1986. But Christine’s family also has a tradition of excellence; she and/or her sister Toby have participated in seven of the last eight years of the Houston Public Media bee, and both consistently placed in the top half of the competition. For her part, Christine has tied for 23rd place (2015), tenth place (2014), and 16th place (2013). Her sister Toby tied for third place (2011), seventh place (2010), and 13th place (2009).
Other HISD contestants competing in this year’s event are: fourth-grader Aileen Ukwuoma (Emerson ES); fifth-grader Manas Navale (Daily ES); seventh-graders Raven Flowers (Key MS), Mahi Tomar (T. H. Rogers), and Thomas Winston (Garden Oaks Montessori); and eighth-graders Conan Duong (Ortiz MS), Thomas Raguso (Pin Oak MS), and Maggie Wong (Revere MS).
For those wishing to tune in, the finals will be streamed live on the Houston Public Media website starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.