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El Paso's top speller still in the hunt at National Spelling Bee

Penny Moore in DC

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT -- May 29, 2019) — El Paso Regional Spelling Bee winner and Lincoln Middle student Penny Moore correctly spelled “Manhattanese” to advance to the next round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Monday.

Today, she is among the 562 spellers competing in the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C. this week and among the 519 who advanced to Round Three.

“Being in the presence of some of the world’s best spellers and spelling judges felt amazing and it was an accomplishment to make it even that far and have the chance to increase my vocabulary,” she said.

Check out Penny online by streaming or tuning into ESPN3. She’ll be wearing No. 501. The Championship Finals will be broadcast on Thursday night at 6:30 El Paso time on ESPN. Info: spellingbee.com.

Story by Reneé de Santos
Photo courtesy of Scrips