Frenship ISD Spelling Bee Champion on Three-Year Streak

Eleven students, one from each of Frenship’s elementary and middle schools, gathered at the Casey Administration Building today for the Frenship ISD District Spelling Bee. Each of these students spelled their way through classroom and school bees in order to participate in today’s event.

Matthew Noel, Frenship Middle School

After 23 rounds of phonetic action, 6th grader from Frenship Middle School Matthew Noel correctly spelled “merger” to earn the title of 2019 Frenship ISD District Spelling Bee Champion. This marks the third year in a row Noel has won the district bee.

Noel’s next stop is the Regional Spelling Bee in March. Last year, Noel advanced all the way to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

“I’ve been practicing and working hard to repeat last year!” said Noel.

Sisters, Samantha and Landry Silhan, with their parents

Coming in a close second was Samantha Silhan from Heritage Middle School. She went word-for-word with Noel through several rounds before hearing the bell. Samantha’s younger sister, Landry, was the campus competitor from Crestview Elementary. The sisters shared a hug and words of support after the competition completed.

The full list of the Frenship ISD District Spelling Bee participants includes:

  • Matthew Noel, Frenship Middle School
  • Samantha Silhan, Heritage Middle School
  • Amanda Panes, Terra Vista Middle School
  • Damien Austin, Bennett Elementary
  • Landry Silhan, Crestview Elementary
  • Althea Doctolero, North Ridge Elementary
  • Caroline Moon, Oak Ridge Elementary
  • Kwabena Oduro-Firikyi, Upland Heights Elementary
  • Tulley Garza, Westwind Elementary
  • Alexa Vega, Willow Bend Elementary

Great job to all eleven participants! And best wishes to Matthew at Regionals!