Herfurth Elementary School student Ariana Martinez Hueda set a district record by becoming the first Garland ISD student to win the Region 10 Third Grade Spanish Spelling Bee.
The nine-year-old won the title after besting competitors from seven North Texas districts.
“I feel very proud and happy,” Adriana said of her win. “I didn’t think I could win, but I did.”
Ariana said she is happy to set an example to other Spanish-speaking students because she wants to motivate them to continue learning the language and hopes to increase participation in spelling competitions.
Ariana developed her own system to study nearly 600 works every day. She said she got the idea from her mom, who studied using the same system when she was in school.
By Dustin Butler • [email protected]