Texas Tech and LISD Host Lubbock’s First Spanish Spelling Bee Championship

WHAT:           Texas Tech University’s Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, a National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, organized the first Lubbock Spanish Spelling Bee with the collaboration of the Lubbock Independent School District.

WHEN:           9 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 3)

WHERE:         Education Building Rm. 001, 3008 18th St., Texas Tech campus

EVENT:          The competition, consisting of internal competitions, kicked off in individual schools Nov. 8-17. At each competition, the top five students were selected to represent the school in the championship at Texas Tech.

Participating schools included Bean and Harwell elementary schools; Atkins, Hutchinson, O.L. Slaton and Smylie Wilson middle schools; and Talkington School for Young Women Leaders.

Sigma Delta Pi worked with schools in Lubbock for many years establishing the Lubbock Spanish Reading club, the Bilingual After-School Reading Club, Super Saturdays Spanish in Action Program for Children, the Annual Spanish Poetry Competition and free tutoring services, among others.

The top three competitors from the championship go on to participate in regional and national Spanish Bee competitions. Comfort Pratt, associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech, also is an organizer of the competition and advisor for Sigma Delta Pi.

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CONTACT: Comfort Pratt, associate professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1997 ext. 237 or c.pratt@ttu.edu.