After starting with a field of 36 competitors, it took about an hour to whittle that number down to one person, who is this year’s top speller in Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD). Victoria Olivarez, a fourth graders from Mims Elementary School won this year’s annual district spelling bee. Olivarez will now advance to the 29th Annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 4 in Weslaco. 

Camilla Morin, a fifth grader from Escobar/Rios Elementary School came in second place. Third place went to Juana Jimenez, a seventh grade student at Mission Jr. High School (MJH).

Contestants came from each Mission CISD elementary school and junior high school and included students in grades 2-8. The other top spellers who competed in this year’s Mission CISD District Spelling Bee were: Ramon Hinojosa, Alton Elementary School; Adan Ramirez, Alton Elementary School; Kayla Carle, Bryan Elementary School; Jeydin Sanchez, Bryan Elementary School; Isaac Rios, Cantu Elementary School; Dayana Hernandez, Cantu Elementary School; Isaiah Casas, Castro Elementary School; Sarah Resendez, Castro Elementary School; Faith Rodriguez, Cavazos Elementary School; Kaleigh Gonzalez, Cavazos Elementary School; Nathan Rodriguez, Escobar/Rios Elementary School; Yanialys Martinez, Leal Elementary School; Jet Venecia, Leal Elementary School; Mario Robles, Marcell Elementary School; Victoria Guzman, Marcell Elementary School; Jocelyn Uribe, Midkiff Elementary School; Kyra Douglas, Midkiff Elementary School; Itzel Sada, Mims Elementary School; Aliya Tovar, O’Grady Elementary School; Jonathan Salinas, O’Grady Elementary School; Keith Alvarez, Pearson Elementary School; Chloe Garcia, Pearson Elementary School; Lila Nunez de Caceres, Salinas Elementary School; Alexis Soria, Salinas Elementary School; Connie Marroquin, Waitz Elementary School; Jennifer Alonzo, Waitz Elementary School; Jetlynn Gonzalez, Alton Memorial Jr. High School (AMJH); Edwin Velasquez, AMJH; Josue Raudy, K. White Jr. High School (KWJH); David Olguin, KWJH; Lauren Sanchez, MJH; David Cedillo, R. Cantu Jr. High School (RCJH); Jacquelynn Ruiz, RCJH.