RGV spelling champ advances in nationals

HARLINGEN – With her usual calm and focused demeanor, Isabella Jackson correctly spelled “andouille” on stage yesterday afternoon during round two of the preliminaries at the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Washington, D.C.

Isabella, the AIM Media Texas Regional Champion Speller representing the Rio Grande Valley, advanced to round three of the preliminaries.

The 14-year-old student from Moises Vela Middle School will return to the stage this afternoon.

“She was pretty stoic from the time she stepped up to the microphone to the moment she sat down, but I know she was relieved,” stated via text message Isabella’s mother, Stephanie Jackson.

Before spelling on stage yesterday, Isabella, along with more than 550 spellers from all 50 states, several U.S. territories and countries like the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea, took a preliminary spelling and vocabulary test Monday to determine who will advance to the final rounds, which start tomorrow.

AIM Media Texas is sponsoring Isabella’s trip, along with her chaperone. AIM Media Texas is the parent company of the Valley Morning Star, The Brownsville Herald and The Monitor in McAllen.