An 8th grader from Marianas Baptist Academy came home victorious from the 41st Annual Scripps Spelling Bee held in Guam over the weekend after being named the second best speller in the region.
Nesanne Mae Tam won the silver medal during Saturday's ceremony in Guam after finishing second to the competition's champion, 8th grader Veronica Chua of St. John's School in Guam.
Winning third in the contest was Adrian Charles Tambora of Wettengel Elementary School, also in Guam.
The contest was held on March 9 at the Sheraton Guam Resort.
According to Lynnette Villagomez, CNMI Public School System coordinator, two other students from the Commonwealth successfully made it to Top 10: Hopwood Junior High School's Ezekiel Joshua Rafanan who lasted until the seventh round and finished eighth, and San Vicente Elementary School's fourth grader Holly Sara Liban, who lasted until the 15th round and placed fourth.
Hopwood principal Jonas Barcinas yesterday said they are very proud of Rafanan and other CNMI students who all did well in the competition. Rafanan was the CNMI-wide spelling bee champion this year.
Other PSS students who joined the weekend competition are Genzo Gonzales, who lasted until the second round; Samantha Sandbergen who remained in the competition through the fourth round; Jacob T. Teregeyo, who lasted until the third round; Putra Sani through the fifth round; and Michelle D. Bermudes, who lasted until the fourth round.
It was a nerve-wracking competition for the 61 elementary and middle school participants, who represented schools from Guam, the Northern Marianas, Palau, and Pohnpei.