After 29 rounds, Hawaii Preparatory Academy sixth-grader Kealia Haitsuka correctly spelled “monotonous” to win the Hawaii Island District Spelling Bee held Saturday at HPA’s Gates Performing Arts Center. Eighth-grader Anatevka Ah Loy of Waimea Middle Public Charter School was the runner-up. Haitsuka and Ah Loy will represent Hawaii Island at the 2013 state spelling bee March 23. PBS Hawaii will broadcast the event live at 7 p.m.
Twenty-seven participants representing 14 schools around the island competed in the event. The participants were:
Connections Public Charter School, Logan Amormino and Elijah Oliver; Haili Christian School, Ezekiel Carrisal and Talan Nakamura; Hawaii Academy of Arts & Sciences Charter School, Melissa Neal; Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Alicia Chow and Kealia Haitsuka; Hilo Intermediate School, Laurie Anne DeMattos and Jack Petrison; Honokaa Intermediate School, Zhanelyn Cacho and Yvette Acob, Kamehameha Middle School, Keaau Campus, Mahana Mikaele and Kaori Nishioka; Kealakehe Intermediate School, Hope Kudo and Xochitl Reyes; Kohala Elementary School, Grace Todd and Hokani Maria; Konawaena Middle School, Taggart Nakamoto and Christianne Abella; Kona Christian Academy, Mara Duarte and Enjolique Hughes; Paauilo School, Taylor Tabucbuc and Daycie DeLuz; St. Joseph School, Bryn Wilcox and Joanne Farias; Waimea Middle Public Charter School, Korie Key and Anatevka Ah Loy.