RGV speller eliminated in third round of Scripps National Spelling Bee

HARLINGEN — The dreaded bell rang yesterday afternoon at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., for Isabella Jackson, the AIM Media Texas Regional Champion Speller representing the Rio Grande Valley.

By misspelling “meliorist,” Isabella was eliminated from competition during round three of the preliminaries.

The 14-year-old student from Moises Vela Middle School in Harlingen was disappointed but doing as well as expected when dealing with “the agony of defeat,” explained her mother Stephanie Jackson via email from the competition.

“Her experience was a positive one, and she even said that if she had another year of eligibility she would do it again,” she stated.

“These kids learn so many valuable life skills through their preparation and participation in this event. It definitely goes beyond the spelling.”

With their return flight scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Isabella and her mother plan to spend the rest of their time enjoying the many sights of the nation’s capital.

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.