from left to right, include Kristen Natoney, Lornato Begay,
Archelaus Yazzie, Kaelea Curley, Mikaela Tallman, and Michael
Andresakis wait for the practice round of the sixth-grade
competition during the Navajo Times' Western Navajo Regional
Spelling Bee Feb. 11 at the Greyhills Academy High auditorium
in Tuba City. Photo by Krista Allen - Navajo Times
Tuba City, AZ Karin Jones pronounced each spelling word
and gave the definition immediately. When asked, she was also able
to provide the definition once more, the language of origin, the
alternate pronunciation, and the usage of the word in a sentence.
"No. 14, you have an (anticipated championship word)," Jones
said as Maria Macaraig, 9, of Tuba City Primary School walked up
to the mike. "Chutney, a noun, a condiment that has the consistency
of jam and is made of acid fruits with added raisins, dates and
onions, and seasoned to taste with spices and vinegar."
"Chutney," Macaraig said. "C-H-U-T-N-E-Y chutney."
"Well done," Jones said as the crowd gave Macaraig a round of
applause after correctly spelling the word, which derived from Hindi
Ahownewa, 10, of Hopi Day School spells a word during the
fifth-grade competition during the Navajo Times' Western Navajo
Regional Spelling Bee Feb. 11 at the Greyhills Academy High
auditorium in Tuba City.
After only four rounds, Macaraig was declared the champion for
the fourth-grade competition during the Navajo Times' Western Navajo
Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 11.
Twelve schools Chilchinbeto Community, Hopi Day School,
Hopi Junior/Senior High, Kaibeto Boarding, Kayenta Boarding, Moencopi
Day School, Rocky Ridge Boarding, Second Mesa Day School, Shonto
Preparatory, Tsinaabaas Habitiin Elementary, Tuba City Boarding,
and Tuba City Primary participated in this year's spelling
Nineteen spellers competed in the fourth-grade competition.
Thirteen spellers were eliminated after the first round, in which
Levi Decolongon, 9, of Tuba City Primary was eliminated but was
put back into the contest after officials learned that he had correctly