CBU hosts Spanish spelling bee for local high schoolers
The top three finishers at the Spanish Spelling Bee at California Baptist University (from left) Emily Gonzalez, Rodrigo Amaya and Benjamin Martinez proudly display their event prizes.
Riverside, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2016) – More than 140 high school students competed in a Spanish Spelling Bee at California Baptist University on Dec. 3.
CBU’s College of Arts and Sciences and Omega Phi, the CBU chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, organized the event for high schoolers in or near the Inland Empire area. Judges for the event included CBU faculty.
In the final round, students tackled words such as “machihembrar” (dovetail) and “incognoscible”
(unknowable). The top three finishes in the competition received cash prizes to be
used for educational expenses. In first place was Benjamin Martinez from Villa Park
High School (Orange, California), who earned $400. In second place was Rodrigo Amaya
from Perris High (Perris, California), who won $300. Emily Gonzalez, from La Sierra
High School (Riverside), finished in third place and earned $200.
“Our motivation behind hosting the event is to showcase the Spanish language and CBU,” said Dr. Noé Ruvalcaba, assistant professor of Spanish at CBU.
The event also gave high school students the experience of visiting a university campus and meeting Hispanic professionals, Ruvalcaba said.
“Many of our participants will be the first in their families to attend college,” Ruvalcaba observed.