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Three-peat: Lomax eighth grader wins third district spelling bee

Tristan Harper, a seventh grader at La Porte Junior High, was the runner-up in the competition, which was held on Feb. 23 at the LPISD Administration Building.

Both students have been standouts at the district-level competition for several years. Luke also won first place in 2014 and 2015, and Tristan was the 2016 district champion.

Luke will advance to the 2017 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee later this spring.

Following the event, the participants enjoyed bee-shaped cookies and an outing for pizza before returning to their campuses.

The top three competitors from each campus spelling bee advanced to the district contest. Participants included Michael Bradshaw, Kayla Juarez and Camila Vela from Bayshore Elementary; Julian Arrellano, Ann Nguyen and Lynn Nguyen from College Park Elementary; Bekah Gilmore, Nathan Jaramillo and Marvin Jerezano from Leo A. Rizzuto Elementary; Daniel Ortiz, Aiden Sparks and Victoria Starns from Jennie Reid Elementary; Tristan Chavez, Amy Du and Laurie Livingston from Lomax Elementary; Issac Joji, Yasmine Mohammed and Benjamin Whitfield from Heritage Elementary; and Keren Fuentes, Makayla Gonzalez and Charlyee Rogers from La Porte Elementary.

The contest also included Isabella Balboa, Jason Porter and Christian Ventura from James H. Baker Sixth Grade Campus; Justin Kay and Anthony Sommer from La Porte Junior High School; and Lily Nguyen and Caleb Urbano from Lomax Junior High School.

Featured Photo: Luke Gibson, second from left, is the winner of the 2017 La Porte ISD spelling bee, with Tristan Harper, second from right, the runner-up. Congratulating them are their respective principals, Dr. Larry Gerhart and Candace Pohl. 

Large Group Photo: Campus spelling bee winners display the certificates they received after participating in the La Porte ISD Spelling Bee on Feb. 23 at the LPISD Administration Building.