March 22, 2008

Navajo spelling bee champ

Repeat champ

Tsaile eighth-grader wins Navajo Nation spell-off for second yearNatasha Begay, an eighth grader at Tsaile Public School, is the Navajo Nation spelling bee champion. Jack Martin, background, a seventh grader at Hilltop Christian School, is the runner-up. The spelling bee was held at the museum on March 13.How Begay won:Martin finally missed his word in round 23, "langosta," which means "lobster" in several Mediterranean languages. He spelled it with an "a" in place of the "o."

"I knew it in my mind, but it sounds like an 'a' when you pronounce it," he said.

Begay won the bee by spelling "bravura."

"I don't know what that means," she said. "I just know how to spell it."

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