EDINBURG – Five fifth-grade students recently won the top seats at the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s 25th Annual District Spelling Bee held at Vela High School in Edinburg.

Ann Jacob from Trevino Elementary School was the top speller among 78 students from third grade to eighth grade who competed in several rounds of competition.

The 2018 ECISD spelling bee winners are as follows:

First-Place Winner: Ann Jacob, Trevino Elementary School fifth grader

Second-Place Winner: Isabel Thoppil, Trevino Elementary School fifth grader

Third-Place Winner: Trisha Mae Alpapara, De La Vina Elementary School fifth grader

Fourth-Place Winner: Kenia Acosta Quintanilla, Jefferson Elementary School fifth grader

Fifth-Place Winner: Yuridia Tello, Avila Elementary School fifth grader


The five students will be advancing to the 30th Annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee competition in March.

The champion of the regional competition will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

The Edinburg CISD Library Services Department organized the competition.

Pictured L-R: (front row) Kenia Acosta Quintanilla, Fourth-Place Winner; Isabel Thoppil, Second-Place Winner; Ann Jacob, First-Place Winner; Trisha Mae Alpapara, Third-Place Winner and Yuridia Tello, Fifth-Place Winner; (back row) Martin Torres, District Spelling Bee Judge; Dora Estrada, District Spelling Bee Coordinator; Angelica Perez, District Spelling Bee Judge; ECISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez; Araceli De La Cruz, District Spelling Bee Judge and Sandra Rodriguez, District Spelling Bee Grievance Judge.