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Six advance to SJC spelling bee
Golden West School fifth grader Isaac Sagredo, center, reacts after returning to his seat after spelling a word correctly during Thursdays Manteca Unified School District spelling bee. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

It was three years ago that Sean Melan represented Manteca Unified in the San Joaquin County Spelling Bee.
The Joshua Cowell Elementary School eighth grader is back. Melan finished in the Top 3 of the Junior Division of the District Spelling Bee held Thursday night in the Mulvihill Theater at Manteca High.
“It seemed easier this time since we just had to write out the words (in the seventh- through- ninth grade competition),” he said.
Joseph Widmer eighth grader Abigail Bautista and Ryleigh Yodong, a seventh-grade student at August Knodt, were also finalists.
All three successfully spelled ‘extremity,’ ‘antiseptic,’ ‘grotesque,’ and ‘phenomenon,’ and will take part in county spelling bee on Dec. 6.
The district event was organized by the Elementary Education Department, consisting of the top spellers from each school site.
In the fourth- through- sixth- grade students or the Elementary District competition, Mapuana Toutai, Krishalyn Cabico and Christina Nguyen will move on to the San Joaquin County Office of Education spell-off event on Dec. 4.
Toutai, who is a fifth grader from Brock Elliott, and French Camp sixth-grade student Cabico didn’t misspell a single word in the Elementary Division competition.
Nguyen, who is a sixth grader at Joshua Cowell, missed one.
Students were given words such as ‘chauffeur,’ ‘marionette,’ ‘raspberry,’ and ‘syndrome,’ with some missing on ‘ostrich,’ ‘haggard,’ ‘jinx,’ and ‘dialogue.’
Shasta School Principal Audrey Parker once again served as the Mistress of Ceremony while Joseph Widmer Principal Kathy Brown was the Spelling Master.
The winner and runner-up from both divisions in the upcoming county competition will represent SJC at the State Spelling Bee Championships in the spring.
To contact reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail