More and more, the U.S. recognizes and celebrates diversity through events around the country. Therefore, New Mexico will host the first National Spelling Bee Competition in Spanish. Yes, yes... The Spelling Bee in Spanish!
As soon as the news spread out in Jacksonville, little Nayelie Arellano knew she wanted to participate. Daughter of Mexicans, Nayelie learnt Spanish from the crib. “To learn English, there would be the school and everyday life, we –her parents- would seek to preserve her culture,” says with confidence Elizabeth, mother of Nayelie and her two sisters.
The competition, organized by the Bilingual Association of New Mexico (NMABE) and the Alliance for Multicultural and Multilingual Education (AMME), will take place July 9 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, NM.
Alike the traditional Spelling Bee, this competition will consist of spelling correctly random words that will be divided into different levels according to the participants’ grades. Contestants will be provided with a complete guide of those words, for kids to read and practice prior to the contest.
Registration is open to children from fourth to sixth grade, native Spanish speaking or students of the language. Nayelie battles a little bit, especially with the spelling of letters that can be confused by their pronunciation -as the 'g ' and 'j'- says Elizabeth. That is why, the Spanish Bee challenges native and non-native speakers as well, as stated by the organizers, who expressed Eco Latino Magazine their desire to receive students from NE Florida.
“We’re recognizing that, like most of the world’s other children, they’ll need more than one language to succeed in our global village,” said Daniel Ward, one of the event’s sponsors, while he assured this event celebrates the multilingualism of America.
For more information on how to register, visit www.nmabe.com or call David Briseño, executive director of NMABE at 505-238-6812.
- Be a student of fourth to sixth grade
- Speak Spanish (Native or non-native)
- Register before April 30.