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Briefly In Education

May 03, 2012
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Queens of the spelling bee

Fifth-grade students battled it out at Laguna Beach Unified School District's Fifth Annual Spelling Bee last month.

Finalists Alexis Yang of El Morro and Lauren West of Top of the World each had two wins entering the final round of competition, according to a news release.

Bill Steel and Nancy Hubbell judged the event for the fifth year in a row.

Yang and West went eight rounds of spelling challenging words before Yang was declared the winner with a score of El Morro 3, Top of the World 2.

"These students' word knowledge was impressive," Steel said in a statement. "We started with 34 competitors and with 10 left on stage, amazingly five hailed from El Morro and five from TOW."

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Technology technician to be honored

Laguna Beach Unified School District Technology Technician Long Le has been selected as the district's 2012 Classified Employee of the Year.

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Le is one of six Orange County Department of Education Classified Employee of the Year recipients. The CSEY program pays tribute to the efforts of classified school employees, according to a news release.

"LBUSD is fortunate to have Long Le as a member of our professional staff," Supt. Sherine Smith said in statement. "Long always goes the extra mile. He is smart, kind, conscientious, and diligent. Long provides technical help and assistance to each of us with patience and understanding. LBUSD is a stellar district because of employees like Long Le."

Le was honored with the other Orange County Department of Education Classified Employee of the Year finalists at the Orange County Board of Education meeting Wednesday.

On May 8, he will be recognized at the LBUSD Board of Education meeting.

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A lesson in U.S. history

El Morro Elementary School fifth-graders recently presented the nation's 50 states at the school's State Fair.

They sang state songs, and afterward the students and their families viewed the students' state exhibitions. The fifth graders also shared state food samples and souvenirs with their classmates and other audience members.

The State Fair concludes with the students' state report, a cross-curricular social studies and language arts unit on United States history, the release said.

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