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Randall County Junior, Senior Spelling Bee champs named

Brittany Lowry of Canyon Junior High School won the Randall County Senior Bee on Jan. 29, though she didn't finish in the top two in Canyon JHS's campus spelling bee.

Catherine Houseal of Canyon Intermediate School recently won the Randall County Junior Spelling Bee and finished second in the Senior Bee.

Junior Bee Campus winners and second-place finishers include:

Canyon Intermediate School: Catherine Houseal, fifth-grade daughter of Matt and Luzma Houseal. Fourth-grader Shawn Williams was second.

Greenways Intermediate School: Colby Calk, fifth-grade son of Tina and Clint Calk. Fifth-grader Amberlee Hawly was second.

Arden Road Elementary School: Ian Robinson, fourth-grade son of Frank and Marilyn Robinson. Fourth-grader Kelsi Babcock was second.

Reeves-Hinger Elementary School: Shawn Williams, fourth-grade son of Pat and Lori Williams. Fourth-grader Isabella Wilson was second.

Sundown Lane Elementary School: Breanna Bassett, fourth-grade daughter of Gayle and Julie Bassett. Fourth-grader Maverick Blank was second.

Gene Howe Elementary School: Isaac Torres, fourth-grade son of Tony and Jodi Goodman. Fourth-grader Rebecca Rodgers was second.

Lakeview Elementary School: Carley Robinson, fourth-grade daughter of Tony and Melany Robinson. Fourth-grader Mario Moore was second.

Crestview Elementary School: Ryan Chapman, fourth-grade son of Chips and Tana Chapman. Fourth-grader Bailey Hufnagle was second.

Senior Bee campus winners include:

Westover Park Junior High School: Brandon Boyd, eighth-grade son of Brett Boyd. Eighth-grader Logan Pluhar was second.

Ascension Academy: Arielle Angel, sixth-grade daughter of Raul and Janette Angel.

Panhandle Christian Home Educators Association: Benjamin Hilton, sixth-grade son of Lisa and David Hilton.

Canyon Intermediate School: Trevor Macklin, sixth-grade son of Cory and Stephanie Macklin. Sixth-grader Madison Aragon was second.

Greenways Intermediate School: Kameron Johnston, sixth-grade daughter of Boyd and Camillia Johnston.

Canyon Junior High School: Taylor Macklin, seventh-grade son of Cory and Stephanie Macklin. Seventh-grader Rachel Smith was second.

calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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