Students from public schools in Playa del Carmen showed off their English skills during intense competition.
Since January, students have been studying and participating in spelling competitions within their schools in hopes of having an opportunity to compete in the first citywide English language spelling competition in Playa del Carmen.
Spelling: S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g. Spelling.
On May the 8th, students, teachers, parents and friends arrived at the Auditorium located in the new Municipality center to take part on The Eagle 2019, a spelling contest.
This competition, organized by Eduactiva (Proyectos Educativos), King’s School, Secretary of Education in Quintana Roo and Keeping Kids in School, had the participation of 16 junior high school students from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 17 high school students from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Judges: J-u-d-g-e-s. Judges.
Pat Martinez, from the USA; Jordan McDonald, from Canada; Stuart Meheux, from England; Grace López, English Teacher and Pedro Sánchez, member of King’s School listened carefully to all the students, while Kelly Cadwell, Board Member and Director at KKIS was the lady in charge of reading the words.
In this first round, students in both categories, [junior high and high school], had to listen to 3 words, say each word, spell it, and repeat it. In this stage, judges focused on the spelling, fluency, and pronunciation of the contestants.
Second and third round!
During these two rounds the mood in the room turned intense! Students were asked to listen carefully to the word, spell it… and build a sentence! The sentence had to make sense to show that contestants knew the meaning of the words. Students, teachers and parents were all in the edge of their seats!
Winners: w-i-n-n-e-r-s. Winners!
Things got even more intense when, at the end of the third round, two Junior High School students had the same total points: Héctor Ruiz, from José González Zapata school and Elisa Leyva, from Edmundo Villalba school. To fight for the first place, both had to spell one word and build a sentence with it. It was one mistake with one letter from his opponent what gave Héctor the first place.
7th Grade winners:
- Cristian Cárdenas, with 149 points, from Edmundo Villalba school.
- Axel Ocampo, with 147.5 points, from Vicente Guerrero school.
- Jaden Benitez, with 140.5 points, from José González Zapata school.
8th Grade winners:
- Héctor Ruiz, with 174 points, from José González Zapata school.
- Elisa Leyva, with 171 points, from Edmundo Villalba school.
- Ximena Dzib, with 146.5 points, from Vicente Guerrero school.
9th Grade winners:
- Yamili Canul, with 148.5 points, from José González Zapata school.
- Melina Serrano, with 143.5 points, from Edmundo Villalba school.
- Eliú Duarte, with 138.5 points, from Vicente Guerrero school.
10th Grade winners:
- Benny Chi, with 131.5 points, from Conalep.
- Sofía del Carmen González, with 125 points, from CECYTE I.
- Osmar Pavón, with 113 points, from CETMAR 36.
11th Grade winners:
- Daniel Pérez, with 144.5 points, from CECYTE I.
- Ingrid González, with 122.5 points, from Conalep.
- Fernanda López, with 117.5 points, from CETMAR 36.
12th Grade winners:
- Jary Hau, with 119.5 points, from CETMAR 36.
- Karen Euan, with 97 points, from CETMAR 36.
- Brandon Tuz, with 86 points, from Conalep.
Participating Junior High Schools
- Edmundo Villalba
- Juan Rulfo
- José González Zapata
- Vicente Guerrero
Participating High Schools
- CETMAR 36
- CECYTE I
Prize. P-r-i-z-e. Prize!
First place winners received a one-year scholarship to study English at King’s School, a tablet and backpack full of school supplies from KKIS.
Second place winners won a KKIS backpack with school supplies and a $500 pesos coupon for Cinepolis.
Third place winners won a game [Scrabble or Jenga] and a bag with school supplies from KKIS.
Being on a stage in front of an audience and competing in a foreign language is not easy, so we would like to congratulate each and every student for having the courage to participate in this contest. We encourage you all to keep studying English!
Sponsors: S-p-o-n-s-o-r-s. Sponsors.
A big shout out and huge thank you to our sponsors!
- King’s School
- UNID University
Gracias: G-r-a-c-i-a-s. Gracias.
Thank you, to Dr. Narcisa Pech Dzib head of the Educational Services Liaison Unit of Quintana Roo in Solidaridad who supported this event from its inception and encouraged schools to participate. Thank you also to teachers Mike Humberto Balam Pinto and Lorenso Cuevas Machucho from Eduactiva, whose experience running educational contests is unsurpassed. And to our very own Malú Martínez, head of the KKIS Connections Program, we thank you for organizing all the moving parts putting together this wonderful event!
If you want to help students with their English, join our English Conversation Club! Learn more about it here.