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2018 Spelling Bee winners to go on to state championship

The first and second place winners from each division will go on to represent the county at the California State Spelling Bee Championships.
Junior High division winners ( Left to Right) Fourth Place: Emmia Rivera Third Place: Cassandra Rayas Second Place: Kyle Yaminishi First Place: Carmela Clark

Students from schools across the county competed in the San Benito County Office of Education 20th Annual Spelling Bee Feb 27.

First and second place winners from each division; grade 4-6 and grade 7-8, will  move on to represent the county at the state championships in May. The Rotary Club of Hollister awarded the top contestant from each category an iPad. 

In the elementary school division, sixth grader Rasmeet Brar from the Accelerated Achievement Academy took first place while sixth grader Max Westphal from the Hollister Dual Language Academy took second.  

Fifth grader Brooklynn Goldstone from the Accelerated Achievement Academy took third and fifth grader Kim Barcelos from RO Hardin took fourth place.  

In the Junior High division, eighth grader Carmela Clark from Spring Grove took first place and eighth grader Kyle Yaminishi from Southside school took second.  

Seventh grader Cassandra Rayas from the Hollister Dual Language Academy took third place and seventh grader Emmia Rivera from the Hollister Dual Language Academy took fourth.  

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Laura Romero is a general assignment reporter for BenitoLink, covering topics like education and city government. Formerly, she worked as an assistant account executive at Pembroke PR in San Francisco, where she assisted with press outreach, event coordination, and social media planning. Her PR skills will be put to use as she helps implement social media strategies and develops an online giving campaign.


As won one hoo who alwas always had problemons problems speling spelling, eye I condradulate congratulate all the the kontesents contestants. Good luck!

Marty Richman

Submitted by Rebecca Pearson (rpearson) on

Congratulations to all the winners! Thanks to Kim O'Conner and her husband for keeping this going and to our San Benito County Office of Education for supporting it. It was a joy for all the years my children participated in it.

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