Marina Ly and Guadalupe Ledezma Crowned Top Spellers

Marina Ly and Guadalupe Ledezma Crowned Top Spellers
Posted on 02/07/2019

The AISD students will compete at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee on March 23.


Some of Aldine’s best spellers faced off on February 6 in the District Spelling Bee. Students competed for a spot to advance to the Houston Public Media 2019 Spelling Bee.

Marina Ly, a seventh-grader at Shotwell Middle School, earned the title of Champion. Marina won with the word “tertiary.”

The Runner-Up title went to eighth-grade student Guadalupe Ledezma from Mead Middle School.

This is not the first time Marina wins a top spot at the District-level competition. She was the District Champion in 2018.

Only campus winners advanced to the District event. Contestants must not have passed beyond the eighth grade on or before Feb. 1, 2019.

As the top two District winners, Marina and Guadalupe advance to the next level of competition. The Houston Public Media 2019 Spelling Bee set for March 23 and will stream live on TV 8.

Benefits of Taking Part in Spelling Bees

  • Aldine-ISD-2019-Spelling-Bee-Winners-256x300.jpgStudents improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English. As a result, they read and write more effectively and score higher on standardized tests and college prep tests and beyond. The impact lasts a lifetime.
  • Students learn word etymology and country of origin, the meanings of prefixes and suffixes, and spelling rules.
  • By studying words grouped in thematic categories, spellers not only acquire knowledge but also develop cognitive skills and increased understanding of ideas and values.
  • Students of all ages and background participate on an equal, competitive basis.
  • Spelling bees improve spelling and spark interest among the students.
  • Spelling bees create friendly, sportsmanlike rivalry among the schools.

(Learn more at K-8 grade campuses.)

Winners of the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee will earn a spot at the National Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations and good luck at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee!