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Repeat MUSD Spelling Bee winners

Quiaoit, Tabaco are top spellers

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POSTED November 7, 2013 9:43 p.m.


That’s a word familiar to the two first-place finishers of the Manteca Unified Spelling Bee.

Wisher Tabaco, a sixth-grade student at George Komure School, captured the fourth- through- sixth- grade division for the second time in three years Thursday at Manteca High’s Mulvihill Theater.

Last year, he took third in the district-wide event.

Stella Brockman School eighth-grade student James Quiaoit finished third last year in the 7-9 Division. This time around, however, he clinched first-place early on and patiently waited as the runner-up spots were settled.

Quiaoit separated himself from the field by successfully spelling ‘epilepsy.’

“I remembered it from a book I read,” he said.

Prior to that, he perfectly hit on words such as ‘bachelor,’ ‘treacherous,’ ‘magenta,’ ‘parenthesis,’ ‘concierge,’ ‘shrapnel,’ ‘caricature,’ ‘propaganda,’ ‘sorcerer,’ ‘tabernacle,’ ‘wallop,’ ‘rhetoric,’ and ‘equestrian.’

Seventh grader Isabella Martinez (Brock Elliott) and eighth-grade student Andrew Campos (Komure) finished second and third, respectively, in a three-way spell-off that also included seventh grader Shubnaz Jagpal (Golden West).

All three were successful in spelling ‘sociopath’ while missing on ‘indispensible.’ Martinez seized second by getting ‘leprechaun.’ Campos and Jagpal both misspelled ‘camaraderie’ but Campos rebounded by successfully spelling ‘indigenous.’

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