Hemet Unified School District held its annual Spelling Bee on Jan. 9. Idyllwild School fifth grader Martina Navarrete was the fourth-place winner.
In 2017, Idyllwild student Tim Mejia finished sixth.
“Idyllwild students have placed in the top 10 frequently over the years and Martina should be congratulated along with the other Idyllwild students for their diligent studies and hard work,” said Vic Scavarda, HUSD trustee representing Idyllwild. “I am always impressed when our small school has a good showing in the district.”
Western Center Academy student Aileen Luke, who was fourth place last year, was the winner after she correctly spelled the word “pristine” in the 28th round. Aileen will advance to the county level to compete in the County Spelling Bee.
Forty-six students attended the event and competed against their peers. Ahnika Peña, also from Western Center Academy, won second place and Jesse Estrada from Rancho Viejo Middle School won the third-place spot.