Top spellers gathering for state event
Fourteen middle school students from across Hawai'i will compete in the state Spelling Bee next weekend at Windward Community College's Palikū Theatre.
The finalists qualified as the champions and runners-up of seven district spelling bees held on four islands from Feb. 9 to March 4.
The state champion will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, June 2 to 4 in Washington, D.C.
Competition to determine the state winner will begin at noon Sunday.
The 14 district qualifiers for the state Spelling Bee include:
Kaua'i: Athena Abadilla (winner), St. Theresa School; Harmony Graziano, Kapa'a Middle School.
Windward: Maria Mesina (winner), St. Ann's Model School; Jordan Kauwe, Windward Nazarene Academy.
Central: Hannah Komar (winner), Our Savior Lutheran School; Brysen Pasion, Mililani Middle School.
Maui: Gabriel Salazar (winner), Maui Waena Intermediate School; Christopher Kim, Maui Waena Intermediate.
Leeward: Marina Leota (winner), Wai'anae Intermediate School; Charisse Agraan, Lanakila Baptist School.
Honolulu: Brandan Sakaa (winner), 'Iolani School; Lyn Luu, Kalākaua Middle School.
Big Island: Madison Inman (winner), Hawai'i Preparatory Academy; Alyssa Volivar, Kamehameha Schools-Hawai'i.