Questa Independent Schools students Angelica Lovato and Alyana León emerged as the victors in the Questa District Spanish Spelling Bee on March 29.
Lovato and León went head-to-head for 13 rounds of words before Lovato pulled ahead after correctly spelling "uruguayo." The 8th-grader then went on to participate in the New Mexico state competition in Albuquerque April 21. She placed in the top 20 among the 35 participants who made it to the state level.
"We are very proud of her and all her efforts," said Spanish spelling bee sponsor Diane León.
León, a fifth grader in Questa, held her position as the alternate for the state bee as the second place finalist in the Questa Spanish Spelling Bee.