The Garden Grove Unified School District announced the Top 10 finishers for the district-wide spelling bee for middle schoolers (called intermediate schools in this district), and all ten have Vietnamese last names.
The winner, Arthur Tran (pictured), a 7th grader at Fitz Intermediate School (located in Santa Ana actually) beat out the runner-up, Nancy Nguyen of Alamitos Intermediate, by correctly spelling glaucoma.
Arthur’s favorite school subject is math, according to the press release by the school district.
The complete list of Top 10 finishers, all with Viet last names, are in the press release below.
Garden Grove Unified School District
Release Date: Immediate Contact: (PIO) Alan Trudell (714-663-6503)
Fitz Intermediate School Student Claims the Crown as
Grades 7-8 Spelling Bee Champion of GGUSD
Arthur Tran of Fitz Intermediate School earned the title of champion of the annual spelling bee for seventh and eighth-grade students in the Garden Grove Unified School District. The event was held Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center.
Arthur, a 13-year-old seventh-grader, correctly spelled the deciding word, glaucoma – becoming the top speller among more than 7,500 intermediate school pupils in the GGUSD. The bee winner, a Santa Ana resident, is a straight-A student who says math is his favorite subject.
English teachers Michelle Gunderson and Michael Coyle served as coaches for the four spelling bee contestants from Fitz Intermediate, located in Santa Ana.
In this year’s district competition, Arthur dueled for first-place with Nancy Nguyen of Alamitos Intermediate, who earned runner-up honors. Nancy was followed by Tommy Nguyen of McGarvin Intermediate, third place; and Ryan Tran of Ralston Intermediate, fourth-place. Other honored participants included Vincent Nguyen of Doig Intermediate, fifth-place; Danny Vu of Doig Intermediate, sixth-place; Calvin Ly of Walton Intermediate, seventh-place; Sunny Le of Alamitos Intermediate, eighth-place; May Vo of Ralston Intermediate, ninth-place; and Julie Nguyen of Ralston Intermediate, 10th-place.
The district champion and the nine runners-up will represent the GGUSD at the Orange County Spelling Competition, with the written segment scheduled February 16 at the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa followed by the deciding oral spelling round on February 26 at the Orange County Department of Education.
Each of the district’s 10 intermediate schools entered its four best spellers in the district competition. Contestants were asked to spell such words as concomitant, lackadaisical, and cumulonimbus.
Board of Education President Lan Quoc Nguyen presented trophies to the top 10 spellers, and all contest entrants received certificates of participation.