WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - News Channel 6 is proud to bring Texoma’s best student spellers together in early March!
The News Channel 6 Regional Spelling Bee will take place Saturday, March 9, at the Wichita Falls Independent School District Career Education Center.
Nissan of Wichita Falls is the spelling bee’s presenting sponsor. Students from 18 area schools will compete for the right to fill one spot to represent Texoma in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.
News Channel 6 will pay the cost of the Texoma winner’s travel to and stay at the national competition. This is the first year News Channel 6 will be the host media organization for the event.
In addition to providing on-air personalities for the spelling bee, News Channel 6 will provide live streaming of the entire event on its digital platforms: newschannel6now.com website, the News Channel 6 Mobile App, News Channel 6 channels on Roku and Amazon Fire and on the News Channel 6 Facebook page.
“What a terrific opportunity to serve this community and support our local children,” said News Channel 6 General Manager, Richard Haddox. “Texoma produces some of the country’s brightest students, and we can’t wait to share that with the world LIVE on all our digital platforms!”
The Career Education Center is located at 500 East Hatton Road. The spelling bee begins at 1:00 p.m.
School: Notre Dame Elementary School
An interesting fact about Aayan, his twin sister, Bismah, was the runner up at their school bee this year. Aayan’s favorite sport is basketball and his favorite book is Jurassic Park. He likes science and math and would like to be a neurosurgeon when he grows up.
School: Barwise Middle School
Caetano enjoys playing soccer with his siblings in his free time. His favorite subject in school is math.
School: Holliday Elementary School
Cash enjoys playing various sports, going fishing, and playing video games. His favorite subject is math. Cash hopes to be either a fishing guide or an electrician in the future. He looks forward to the spelling bee each year, this is his second school spelling bee championship.
School: Christ Academy Elementary School
Daniel moved with his parents and sister Emmaline to Wichita Falls from Tennessee in 2017. Daniel enjoys soccer, swimming, riding his dirt bike, playing with his buddies, playing Pokémon, and Legos. He also enjoys playing boardgames; particularly Monopoly and Yatzy.
School: Woodland Elementary School
Dax is 10 years old. His hobbies include: basketball, football, soccer, and swimming. He also enjoys playing video games and reading. Dax wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up.
School: Fowler Elementary School
Ethan likes to play with his dogs. He also likes to play soccer and go fishing. Ethan is part of Power Point club at school. He also would like to be a detective in the FBI when he grows up.
School West Foundation Elementary School
Grady has participated in UIL ready writing, spelling, and music memory. He also participates in the WFISD Gifted and Talented program in addition to being a member of the West Foundation Choir and Earth Club. He studies Jeet Kun Do at Warrior’s Way Martial Arts Academy where he received his Junior Black Belt at the age of 8. In his free time, Grady enjoys playing with his brother, Griffin, and his cats, Candy Cane and Bumbles.
School: McNiel Middle School
Helen is 13 years old. Her favorite movie is “Forest Gump.” Her hobbies include: playing tennis, violin, piano, reading, and watching Netflix.
School: Overton Ray Elementary School
Kristopher LaPointe is 8 years old. He competed and won against older students at his school’s bee; this is something he is proud of. He has a crazy imagination, loves to draw and would love to be an artist someday. Kristopher is eager to participate at the regional bee and plans to study hard to prepare for it.
School: Ben Franklin Elementary School
Maggie has a younger brother named William and a younger sister named Lila Jane. Her favorite subject in school is social studies. Maggie plays soccer and piano. Her favorite hobby is reading, she loves the Harry Potter series and enjoys reading anything fantasy or fiction.
School: Christ Academy Jr. High School
Maris has attended Christ Academy since 3K and loves her school, family, friends and teachers. She loves reading, traveling, golf, volleyball and basketball. Maris plans to attend college to become a writer.
School: Graham Jr. High School
Nolan is 14 years old. He likes to play baseball in his free time. His favorite book is “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and his favorite historical figure is Stephen F. Austin. His admiration of Stephen F. Austin was because of his history teacher, Coach Payne. In history class, whenever someone would bring up Stephen F. Austin, Coach Payne would say, “a moment of silence for Stephen F. Austin.” Nolan thought it was funny and it stuck with him, but Nolan also likes Austin because he is the reason why Texas is what it is today.
School: Burkburnett Middle School
Samuel has been reading advanced books above his grade level for a few years now. He previously participated in the spelling bee when he was in the 5th grade but lost. He is excited to be participating at this year’s spelling bee and hopes he wins! But, if he does not, he knows he will have tried his best.
School: Crockett Elementary
Tucker is 11 years old. He has two younger siblings and a dog. He enjoys: reading, drawing, baking, playing baseball, watching sports, and going to church. He is also involved in UIL and student council at his school. Tucker hopes to be an athletic trainer someday.
School: John Tower Elementary School
Daisy is 11 years old. Her favorite color is blue; her favorite food is Chinese, and she also loves dogs. Her hobbies include: crafts, drawing, and spending time with her family.
School: Milam Elementary
Kendyl Thomas loves volleyball. She is involved in the Green Club at Milam where they work on ways to recycle. Kendyl has been active in UIL and loves her school.
School: City View Elementary
Nelli is the youngest of three children, she has an older brother and an older sister. Her hobbies are drawing and photography. Nelli’s favorite book series is Dork Diaries, and she is currently reading the Harry Potter series. Math is her favorite academic subject. In addition to winning her school spelling bee, Nelli competed on City View’s Number Sense and Maps, Graphs, and Charts UIL teams.
School: Kirby Middle School
Anika is 13 years old. Her hobbies include: drawing, playing basketball, and baking. She is bilingual and can speak Bangla fluently. She is excited for the opportunity to compete in this year’s regional spelling bee and hopes to do her best.