Las Cruces Public Schools hosted the 2019 District Practice Spelling Bee on Jan. 18 at the Oñate High School Performing Arts Center. In total, 24 students participated, which included 20 students from elementary schools, one student from the J. Paul Taylor Academy, and three participants from middle schools.

The competition lasted 23 rounds. Kristina Martos of Lynn Middle School spelled the winning word, exordium, correctly.

2019 LCPS District Spelling Bee Winners (from left to right) – Second-place winner, from Tombaugh Elementary, Anelise Elmquist; First-place winner, from Lynn Middle School, Kristina Martos; and third-place winner, from Zia Middle School, Yamile Luna.

Lisa Davis, the new district spelling bee coordinator, worked alongside Leonard Gonzalez and content specialist Josie Miller to organize the event. Davis said she felt that this opportunity was an exciting one for the students in the district because it gave them an opportunity to showcase their hard work. She also noted that students were well-prepared and eager to participate.

“This event is important to our students because it provides an authentic practice opportunity for the upcoming regional competition, to be held in El Paso in March,” Miller said.

Maya Hernandez, a student at Doña Ana Elementary, carefully spells out the word “penalty.”

The 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee will be hosted by the El Paso Independent School District at Bowie High School, 801 S. San Marcial St., El Paso, TX.

“We are very proud of all of the students who participated in this event,” said LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing. “These students’ success is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of their teachers. We wish all of the participants the best of luck at the regional competition in March.”

Eirene Justice, from Fairacres Elementary, participates in the 2019 LCPS District Spelling Bee.

The district wishes to congratulate all of the first-place winners from each school. All school-site spelling bee winners are invited to participate in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee to represent Las Cruces. Below are the winners from each school:


Alameda Elementary:  Isabella Almanza

Booker T. Washington Elementary:  Alex Hernandez

Central Elementary:  Taylor Madrid

Columbia Elementary:  Kyanna Aguirre

Conlee Elementary:  Benjamin Salaiz

Desert Hills Elementary:  Annie Lee

Doña Ana Elementary:  Maya Hernandez

Fairacres Elementary:  Eirene Justice

Hermosa Heights Elementary:  Lorenzo Mendietta

Highland Elementary:  Christopher Benavidez

Hillrise Elementary:  Damien Callaway

J. Paul Taylor Academy:  Maggie Collins

Jornada Elementary:  Aliana Aguirre

Loma Heights Elementary:  Arabella Richardson

MacArthur Elementary:  Izaiya Soria

Mesilla Elementary:  Leo McAteer

Mesilla Park Elementary:  Kairyuu Cruz

Sonoma Elementary:  Leda Smith

Sunrise Elementary:  Kevin Perez

Tombaugh Elementary:  Anelise Elmquist

University Hills Elementary:  Abraham Gutierrez

White Sands Elementary:  Caleb Brown

Camino Real Middle School:  Axton Pollard

Lynn Middle School:  Kristina Martos

Picacho Middle School:  Aubry Helmick

Zia Middle School:  Yamile Luna

— Samantha Lewis, LCPS Public Relations Coordinator, 575-527-5946,