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Eagles Nest Intermediate School wins big at Western Navajo Regional Spelling Bee

From left: fourth grade spelling winner McKennon George, sixth grade spelling winner Angel Labajo and fifth grade spelling winner Mica Song. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

From left: fourth grade spelling winner McKennon George, sixth grade spelling winner Angel Labajo and fifth grade spelling winner Mica Song. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Three Eagles Nest Intermediate School students earned championship spelling wins in the annual Western Navajo Regional Spelling Bee Feb. 12 at Greyhills Academy High School in Tuba City.

Fourth grade champion McKennon George, fifth grade champion Mica Song and sixth grade champion Angel Labajo all walked away with top honor status plaques and certificates, which now entitles them to move on to the next spelling bee competition in Kayenta. The winner of the Navajo Nation Spelling Bee in Window Rock heads to the national Scripps spelling bee competition in Washington D.C.

The Western Regional Spelling Bee tests the spelling ability of students from all the northern Arizona reservation area schools. The competition is stiff and teachers are tasked with working with their students to get them ready for competition day.

Eagles Nest Intermediate School has consistently turned out championship spellers in the Western Regional competition and this year was no different.

George, Song and Labajo will represent the Tuba City School District at the spelling competition in Kayenta, Arizona at Monument Valley High School.

The Western Navajo Regional half-day competition took place in Tuba City.

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