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Ella Maldonado wins Petty Elementary School Spelling Bee

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 18:37:38-05

TAFT, Texas — Ella Maldonado claimed the Woodroe Petty Elementary School Spelling Bee in Taft this morning.

Maldonado defeated 31 other challengers from the second to the fifth grade to win the school championship. Michael Hiracheta finished second and Mia Torres was third in the schoolwide competition.

Petty Elementary School champions
The winners at the Woodroe Petty Elementary School championships that took place Monday morning. Winners include (from left) Michael Hiracheta, second place; Ella Maldonado, winner; Mia Torres, third place.

KRIS 6 News Anchor Paulo Salazar served as the moderator for today's competition.


Maldonado advances to the regional championships next month at the American Bank Center.