2020 District Spelling Bee

Ruby Young 4th-Grader Wins District Spelling Bee Competition
Posted on 01/23/2020
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Ruby Young 4th-Grader Wins District Spelling Bee Competition

On January 22, 2020, thirteen finalists representing DeSoto ISD schools competed in this year’s District Spelling Bee. Students competed at the campus level to advance to the district competition.

Kadence Dixon, a 4th-grade student at Ruby Young Elementary, correctly spelled "throttle" to win the spelling bee. Dixon will represent the district at the Dallas County Public School Spelling Bee, which will take place on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ranchview High School auditorium in Irving, Texas.

To prepare for the event, students studied a variety of words provided through resources from Scripps National Spelling Bee. Students are also able to use other resources such as dictionaries, spelling bee preparation apps and websites, and publications geared toward spelling bee participant readiness.

Keyona Etier, an 8th-grade student attending Custistene S. McCowan Middle School, is the district runner-up and will serve as the DeSoto ISD alternate. Winners of the Dallas County Public School Spelling Bee will advance to the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held in March 2020. 

DeSoto ISD congratulates all finalists for their hard work in this year's academic competition. In addition, we would like to thank the judges, pronouncer, families, and DeSoto ISD employees for making this year's spelling bee a success. 

2020 Campus Spelling Bee Finalists:

2020 DeSoto ISD Spelling Bee Campus Finalists




Cockrell Hill Elementary

Nicholas Smith

Diego Galvan

Frank Moates Elementary

Benjamin Quaye

Isaiah Moore

Katherine Johnson TMA

Aavion Moore

Meghyn Jones

Ruby Young Elementary

Maureen Wright

Kadence Dixon

Woodridge Elementary

Miguel Aranda

Miracle Rodgers

East Middle School

Kaleb Torres

McCowan Middle School

Keyona Etier

Rakiyah Wilson