Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spelling Bee Winner

A deaf Texas fifth-grader won her school's spelling bee contest in Wichita Falls. Yaquelin Anaya now moves to the regional contest, which takes place two weeks from Saturday (March 23). She will face 25 other children in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee--the first time a hearing loss student has advanced this far in this region. The definitions of words she is to spell will be signed to her, though she must spell the word in English, as the other children do. Yaquelin has an cochlear implant attends the Cunningham Regional Day School for the Deaf. Only Spanish is spoken in her home, so Yaquelin is learning three languages: Spanish, spoken English, and ASL.