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DCE fourth-grader wins Spanish spelling bee

(Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo) THE TOP THREE winners at the Belen Consolidated Schools district-wide Spanish Spelling Bee this year are, from left, Adanani Apodaca, fourth grade, Dennis Chavez Elementary; Aylin Contreras, eighth grade, Belen Middle School; and Martiza Garcia, sixth grade, Rio Grande Elementary. Apodaca will go on to compete in the state Spanish Bee on April 11 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

In just four rounds, the field of 42 spellers in the Belen Consolidated Schools district-wide Spanish Spelling bee was narrowed to two —Dennis Chavez Elementary fourth-grader Adanani Apodaca and last year's winner, Aylin Contreras, a Belen Middle School eighth-grader.

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School board elections set for next Tuesday

This year's election season for local education boards is coming to a close, with Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 3, less than a week away. There are 15 candidates who filed for seats on the Los Lunas and Belen boards of education, and the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus Advisory Board.

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