(Times photo - Top and center Cindy Yurth, Bottom Noel Lyn Smith)
These students and the Eastern Agency winners, chosen Feb. 9, will square off March 15 at the Navajo Nation Spelling Bee at the Phil Thomas Center for the Performing Arts in Shiprock. Winners are listed in order starting with first place.
- Fourth grade: Cairo Nez, Mesa View Elementary School; Audrey Francis, Piñon Elementary School.
- Fifth grade: Noel Reed, Many Farms Elementary School; Jaclyn Jack, Piñon Elementary.
- Sixth grade: Abraham Aruguete, Chinle Elementary School; Toran Jack, Mesa View Elementary.
- Seventh grade: Samuel Yeager, Chinle Junior High; Aarish Raza, Chinle Junior High.
- Eighth grade: Miguel Musngi, Piñon Junior High; Terence Yazzie, Round Rock Junior High
- Fourth grade: Alannah-Grace Mangubat, Tuba City Boarding School; Jayme Begay, Tuba City Boarding School.
- Fifth grade: Alexus Maravilla, Eagles Nest Intermediate School; Shynelle Tallman, Moencopi Day School.
- Sixth grade: Maria Lucero, Moencopi Day School; Edick Nuesca, Eagles Nest Intermediate.
- Seventh grade: Alicia Valenzuela, Hotevilla-Bacavi Community School; Tomás Nez, Tuba City Boarding School.
- Eighth grade: Sonny Ramey, Hotevilla-Bacavi Community School; Patrick Jansen Malazarte, Tuba City Junior High.
- Championship Spell-Off: Edick Nuesca, Eagles Nest Intermediate; Sonny Ramey, Hotevilla-Bacavi Community School.
- Fourth grade: Nigel Sam, Bluff Elementary School; Emma Mohs, Atsa Biyaazh Community School.
- Fifth grade: Amari Jones, Bluff Elementary; Shayonna Begay, Atsa Biyaazh.
- Sixth grade: Mariah Toledo, Atsa Biyaazh; Ramon Oldman, Montezuma Creek Elementary School.
- Seventh grade: Kia Peshlakai, Shiprock Northwest High; Frankie Moreno, Red Mesa Junior High.
- Eighth grade: Cory Sagg, Red Mesa Junior High; Lorissa Benally, Shiprock Northwest High.
Fort Defiance Agency
- Fourth grade: Adam Aseret, St. Michael Indian School; Aliandria Upshaw, Hilltop Christian School; Eshawna Preston, Ganado Intermediate School.
- Fifth grade: JB Miguel A. Fortuno, Tséhootsooí Elementary School; Nizhoni Garcia, Window Rock Elementary School; Michael Milford, Hilltop Christian.
- Sixth grade: Ronnie Ramone, Ganado Intermediate School; Autumn Jim, St. Michael; Sidney Waite, St. Michael.
- Seventh grade: Tonya Bluehorse, Tséhootsooí Middle School; U'lyah Begay, Tséhootsooí Mid; Elliot Pete, Greasewood Springs Community School.
- Eighth grade: Terran Ben, St. Michael; Courtney Hale, St. Michael; Chasity Garcia, Ganado Middle School.
- Fourth grade: Desmond Benally, Ojo Encino Day School; Kylee DeGroat, Crownpoint Elementary School; Menico Bahe, Ojo Encino.
- Fifth grade: Ralim Westmoreland, Baca Dló'áyázhí Community School; Brandon Sandoval, Crownpoint Elementary; Haley Delgarito, Baca Dló'áyázhí.
- Sixth grade: Stacey Yazzie, Baca Dló'áyázhí; Alia Ballon, Crownpoint Middle School; Trent Kee, Baca Dló'áyázhí.
- Seventh grade: Sondra Long, Crownpoint Mid; Adrian Manygoats, Ojo Encino; Rylee DeGroat, Crownpoint Mid.
- Eighth grade: Allysia Tsosie, Camelia Yazzie and Nizhoni Rogers, all from Crownpoint Mid.