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Evergreen Announces School Spelling Champ

NEWS                                                                                    Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   880 S. Lemon Avenue
January 13, 2014                                                                    Walnut, CA 91789

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909)595-1261 ext. 31204

Evergreen Elementary Announces School Spelling Champ
Thordar Han to compete in regionals

DIAMOND BAR, CA— Thordar Han, a 5th grade student, is Evergreen Elementary Spelling Champion! Jason Chen took 2nd place honors and Jason Kim earned 3rd place during the school’s Spelling Bee held on January 10.

All 4th and 5th grade students participated in classroom competitions that narrowed the field of 200 students down to 18 finalists who competed in front of their peers on the multipurpose room stage.

In the final round, Thordar won the school championship when she correctly spelled "monochrome."  

“When I heard the word, I knew how to spell it,” the 10 year-old said.

She said she has always liked spelling and practiced with online tests for the competition. Han is also an avid reader and likes to play the drums in the school band.

“It felt good,” she said about winning the spelling bee.  The soft-spoken Diamond Bar student said she kept her excitement on the inside and shared the good news with her family when she got home from school.

Han will now represent Evergreen and compete in the 2014 Inland Valley Regional competition that could lead to the ultimate competition at the nationwide contest at Washington DC.

Fourth and fifth grade teachers Lily Chang, Sally Choi, Shelby Coomber, Cathy Patterson, Lynn Otsu and Kris Kobzeff coordinated this exciting activity for their students with help from volunteer Bernice Bromberg and support from Evergreen Community Club.  

“This is another great example of our dedicated staff and fabulous volunteers working together to create wonderful opportunities for our talented students,” said Principal Carolyn Wills.

“Evergreen is rooting for Thordar in the next round of competition.  Congratulations to Thordar, Jason Chen and Jason Kim! Great job!” she said.


Evergreen Elementary spelling champ Tordar Han will now concentrate on preparing for the regional contest. (Ever 2)

Evergreen 4th and 5th grade teachers and the 18 finalists in the Evergreen Spelling Bee: Top Row: Dr. Patterson, Ms. Kobzeff, Mrs. Otsu, Ms. Choi, Mrs. Chang and Mrs. Coomber. Middle Row:  Lydia Work, Thordar Han, Chelsea Wu, Alicia Kuo, Warrick He, Richard Kang, Jacob Liu, Ethan Chin and Andrew Cheng.Bottom Row:  Ryann Gunn, Jason Chen, Jason Kim, Irvin Ramli, Nevin Bangloy, Ashley Chan, Justin Lu, Matthew Dang and Laksmana Hamrozalli. (Ever 3)