First National Spanish Spelling Bee

Jul 7, 2011 by

Linda Duann Rodriguez, on the cusp of her freshman year at East Central High School, has grown up speaking, reading and writing English and Spanish at home and at school on the South Side.

As one of the first students in the East Central Independent School District’s dual-language program, she’s become so proficient at both that she’ll compete this weekend in the first National Spanish Spelling Bee as the sole contestant from San Antonio.

Linda, 14, has practiced two hours a day, if not more, since getting a call a month ago that the San Antonio Association of Bilingual Education was sponsoring her trip to Albuquerque, N.M., for the competition, starting Saturday. She’s one of 11 finalists nationwide and one of three Texans headed west, with the other two hailing from Lubbock.

Admittedly nervous at times, Linda sits at the kitchen table with her mother, Linda Catón Rodriguez, who slowly announces word after word, spiced with her native Panamanian accent.

via Student knows ABCs of Spanish words – San Antonio Express-News.

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