RCOE Highlights

March 4, 2015

Palm Springs 8th Grade Student Survives 39 Rounds To Win at 38th Annual Riverside County Spelling Bee


Eighth-grader Jenna-May Ingal from James Workman Middle School in Palm Springs Unified School District takes first place overall in the Riverside County Spelling Bee.

Jenna-May Ingal, participating in her fifth and final Riverside County Spelling Bee, advances to Scripps National Spelling Bee

RIVERSIDE – After five hours, more than 400 words, and 39 rounds of stressful competition, Jenna-May Ingal, an eighth grade student from James Workman Middle School in the Palm Springs Unified School District, correctly spelled the word “agama” to clinch victory at the 38th Annual Riverside County Spelling Bee held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center.

Ingal has participated in the Riverside County Spelling Bee since she was a fourth grade student—finishing as high as third place overall in 2014. As the 2015 champion, she will represent Riverside County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee held May 24-29 at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland.

Spelling Bee winners holding trophies

(From L to R)
Hannah Fox (fourth place overall, Bell Mountain Middle School, grade 8, Menifee Union SD), Shakson Isaac (third place overall, San Jacinto Leadership Academy, grade 8, San Jacinto USD), Julian Gonzalez (second place overall, Western Center Academy, grade 6, Hemet USD), and Jenna-May Ingal (first place overall, James Workman Middle School, grade 8, Palm Springs USD)

The competition featured 24 elementary and middle-school students from across Riverside County. The top two elementary (grades 4-6) spellers were Julian Gonzalez, a sixth grade student from the Western Center Academy in the Hemet Unified School District, and Ari Feig, a fifth grade student at Cottonwood Canyon Elementary School in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. Gonzalez and Feig will represent Riverside County at the California State Elementary Spelling Bee scheduled for April 18 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.