For the second year in a row, Justin Song from San Dieguito Union
High District has won the San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling
Bee. Song is an 8th grade student from Carmel Valley Middle School.
The winning word was, “Phylliform” meaning; having the shape of a
Song was last’s years first place winner to the 2007 National Spelling
Bee where he placed 16th out of 300 students. Song will now proceed to
the National Spelling Bee, held annually in Washington, D.C.
The competition started off with seventy 7th and 8th grade
students from public and private schools throughout San Diego County.
The last two contestants had to spell two words correctly in order to
win the competition. The competition was held Tuesday, March 11 at the
Scottish Rite Memorial Center in San Diego.
This year’s second place runner up from Aviara Oaks Middle School
is Connie Liu. “I am really happy and excited on my skills today. At
the beginning of the competition I was pretty nervous but later into it I
became more comfortable.” said Liu.
Wei-Jei Song, proud father of Justin Song said, “Justin has
worked really hard to make it this far in the competition. He is a very
good reader and very good with different languages and pronouncing words
correctly. My wife and I look forward to the National competition in
As the Countywide Spelling Bee Champion, Song will receive an
all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps
National Spelling Bee.
The Countywide Spelling Bee is coordinated by the San Diego Union
Tribune and the San Diego County Office of Education. The Spelling Bee
will air on ITV Ch. 16 on Thursday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, March
23 at 3:00 p.m., Sunday March 30 at 6:00 p.m.