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Sossaman student wins regional Spelling Bee, moves onto state

Penda Ba competing in spelling bee
Sossaman student wins regional Spelling Bee, moves onto state
Sossaman Middle School eighth grader Penda Ba became the Region 6 Spelling Bee champion on Feb. 23 after competing in Chandler against students from four other school districts, along with students from charter schools and homeschooling.
Ba won in the 14th round with the word “menagerie.”
This accomplishment advances Ba to the Arizona State Spelling Bee, where she will compete against 27 students to represent the state at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. The state event, sponsored by the Arizona Educational Foundation, takes place on March 25 at Arizona PBS in Phoenix.
Ba won the Higley Unified School District Spelling Bee in January. It was her second district spelling bee, but her first title. In addition to her love of school, Ba enjoys gymnastics, reading and art, along with being with friends.
Cortina fifth-grader Devin Reinhart also competed in the regional event after coming in as runner-up in the district spelling bee.
Sossaman Middle School and Cortina Elementary School are located in Queen Creek and are part of the Higley Unified School District.