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Local spelling bee winners shine in local elementary school competition

Posted at 7:18 PM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 20:26:07-05

Participants from across the Coastal Bend participated in spelling bees at their respective elementary schools on Friday.

KRIS-TV was honored to be present at three local schools as news anchors Katia Uriarte (Woodlawn Elementary School), Priscilla Torres (Dawson Elementary School) and Nikela Pradier (Kolda Elementary School) served as pronouncers in Friday’s competition.

Here’s a look at some of their pictures from their competitions.


Dawson Spelling Bee participants

Participants at Dawson Elementary School’s spelling bee on Friday.

Winners in the Dawson Elementary School Spelling Bee.

Dawson Elementary School winners included:

  1. Youniq Le, fourth grade
  2. Javier Becerra, third grade
  3. Nigel Gladd, fifth grade; Deven Sedillo, fifth grade


Woodlawn Elementary School participants.
Third-grader Joaquin Palacio (left), won the spelling bee at Woodlawn Elementary School. Fourth-grader Zaiden Salazar (right) finished second.
Woodlawn Elementary School winners with Woodlawn principal Kathy Ortiz.
Woodlawn staff who helped in Friday’s spelling bee.
KRIS-TV’s Katia Uriarte with Joaquin Palacio and his family after the third-grader won the Woodlawn Elementary School’s spelling bee.

Woodlawn Elementary School winners included:

  1. Joaquin Palacio, third grade
  2. Zaiden Salazar, fourth grade


Josie Alvarez (left), principal at Kolda Elementary School. with KRIS-TV’s Nikela Pradier at the school’s annual spelling bee Friday.
KRIS-TV’s Nikela Pradier with winner Jennifer Huang (right) during Friday’s spelling bee at Kolda Elementary School.
Staff at Kolda Elementary School who helped out in the school’s annual spelling bee.
Kolda Elementary School’s annual spelling bee was conducted on Friday at the school.