Spelling Bee

Gila County Superintendent of Schools Roy Sandoval with Cole Frank, Rune Van Zante and Danica Breeze, the top three students in the Gila County Spelling Bee Thursday. Also pictured is Vanessa Barajas, event coordinator.

Rim Country students walked away with the top three spots at the Gila County Regional Spelling Bee Thursday.

Cole Frank, of the Pine-Strawberry School District, took first after several rounds. He won after correctly spelling lumbar.

Taking second was Rune Van Zante and in third, Danica Breeze. Both Van Zante and Breeze attend schools in the Payson Unified School District.

There were a total of 30 participants in this year’s bee.

The spelling bee’s purpose is to improve a student’s spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will carry on into their adult lives, said Vanessa Barajas, community outreach/event coordinator with the Gila County Education Service Agency.

Students from around the county competed in Thursday’s bee, including students from Globe, Tonto Basin, Young, Miami, San Carlos, Hayden/Winkelman and Pine-Strawberry.

Frank moves on to compete in the state spelling bee.

Contact the editor at

Contact the editor at abechman@payson.com

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Avoid obscene, hateful, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful.
Be Nice. No name-calling, racism, sexism or any sort of -ism degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Real names only!