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Lincoln Middle School student spells 'geniture' to win 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee

Vic Kolenc, El Paso Times Published 7:18 p.m. MT March 2, 2019 | Updated 8:23 p.m. MT March 2, 2019Buy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoBuy PhotoAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlidePenelope Moore was not familiar with…

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Published 7:18 p.m. MT March 2, 2019 | Updated 8:23 p.m. MT March 2, 2019

Penelope Moore from Lincoln Middle School reacts after spelling 'geniture' correctly to win the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee.

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2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee pronouncer Dr. Richard Pineda looks through the official book of word between rounds Saturday at Bowie High School.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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Pronouncer Dr. Richard Pineda looks ahead in the word book Saturday at the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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The top five spellers compete Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee.

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Third place finisher Ian Austin reacts to the pressure with only three spellers remaining in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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Ian Austin from Edgemere Elementary School reacts after spelling his word incorrectly Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee. Austin would finish in third place.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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Ian Austin from Edgemere Elementary School is consoled by family after spelling his word incorrectly Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee. Austin would finish in third place.

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Second place finisher Kristina Martos spells out her word on her hand Saturday.

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158 students from around the area competed Saturday in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee at Bowie High School. Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the title.

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Penelope Moore is presented her first place trophy Saturday at the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee.

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The top three finishers in the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee were second place Kristina Martos, left, second place Ian Austin, right, and first place Penelope Moore.

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Lincoln Middle School's Penelope Moore, 13, won the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee earning a trip to compete at nationals in Washington D.C. 158 students from the region vied for the trophy.

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Penelope Moore was not familiar with the word “geniture,” but she used its Latin origin and a mind picture to help spell it correctly Saturday to win the 2019 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee.

The 13-year-old student from Lincoln Middle School in West El Paso beat out 157 other spellers from El Paso and Southern New Mexico to win a trip to the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. The national bee begins May 27 in the Washington, D.C.-area.

It took two hours to go from 23 spellers to the winner in the regional spelling bee.

“I didn’t know it (geniture); I just went along with the Latin spelling,” Penelope said as she held her hefty trophy on the stage of the Bowie High School auditorium in South-Central El Paso, where the two-day competition was held.

“With most Latin spellings, it ends with ‘ture,’ so I figured how the word was spelled. I pictured it in my mind. That’s what I do with most words.”

Penelope asked word pronouncer Richard Pineda, a University of Texas at El Paso professor, to repeat the pronunciation of geniture several times, and she repeated the word several times herself before successfully spelling it. But, she said afterward, she wasn’t nervous while contemplating how to spell geniture, which means birth or nativity.  

“I learned being nervous doesn’t help. It’s better to just be confident and just do your best because that’s all you can do,” she said.

However, Penelope said, she’s a bit nervous about going to the national spelling bee. She might increase her word study time from 30 minutes a day to an hour a day, she said.

Besides studying a list of about 200 words daily, her other key to success is reading a lot of books, the book lover said.

“Reading helps a lot. It helps you be familiar with a lot of weird words,” she said.

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Her father, attorney Dennis Moore, her grandparents and Lincoln Middle School spelling coach Lee Peacock all helped her get ready, she said.

“She has the most incredible laser focus of any kid I’ve met,” Peacock said. “When she is in the moment, she is just all about what she is currently into.”

Kristina Martos, 14, of Lynn Middle School in Las Cruces, misspelled “avaricious,” to leave the door open for Penelope to win.

Kristina ended up in second place after winning a four-person spelldown for the runner-up spots. She spelled “nubilous” to take second place.

Ian Austin, of Edgemere Elementary School in East El Paso, took third place.

Alexia Whetten, of Canutillo Middle School in the Upper Valley, and Stephan Hatem, of St. Raphael Elementary School on the East Side, were the other two spellers in the runner-up spelldown.

Kristina used her fingers to help spell out words.

“It helps me visualize the word” by using my fingers, she said. It also helps calm her nerves, she said.

This was the 75th annual regional spelling bee, which beginning this year is sponsored by the El Paso Independent School District Foundation. It previously had been organized by the El Paso Times and the now-defunct El Paso Herald-Post.

The regional bee has produced four national winners: in 1942, 1962, 1981 and 1983.

Vic Kolenc may be reached at 546-6421; vkolenc@elpasotimes.com@vickolenc on Twitter.

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Car accident kills three, including an El Paso man, Sunday in New Mexico

Sun-News report Published 9:00 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 | Updated 9:01 a.m. MT March 26, 2019CLOSE Do you know what to do if you’re in an accident? WochitHIDALGO COUNTY — A fiery crash along Interstate 10 in western New Mexico claimed three lives, including an El Paso man.New Mexico State Police responded to the fatal…

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HIDALGO COUNTY — A fiery crash along Interstate 10 in western New Mexico claimed three lives, including an El Paso man.

New Mexico State Police responded to the fatal head-on collision at mile marker 19, near Lordsburg, about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

Police said a 2015 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling east on Interstate 10, when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the center median and hit a west-bound 2013 Kenworth semi-truck head on. The Freightliner’s trailer hit a 1999 Dodge pickup that was also traveling west. Both semi-trucks caught on fire.

Three people died in the crash: Sean White, 50, of West Covina, California, was the driver of the Freightliner; Jose Apodaca, 47, of El Paso, was the driver of the Kenworth; and Susan Rojo, 47, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, was a passenger in the Dodge.

A 51-year-old male driving the Dodge and a 13-year-old female passenger in the pickup, both believed to be from Arizona, were transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor and seat belt use has not been determined. Police are continuing to investigate.

More: A train hit a pedestrian in an El Paso crash Tuesday morning

More: Car accident kills 11-year-old boy Sunday in East El Paso

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Beto campaign manager was aide to Barack Obama in 2012, signals shift in O'Rourke strategy

John C Moritz, El Paso Times Published 6:03 p.m. MT March 25, 2019 | Updated 7:37 a.m. MT March 26, 2019CLOSE Linguist Roberto Perezdiaz sheds light on the pronunciation and mispronunciation of the nickname ‘Beto.’ Mark R Lambie, El Paso TimesThe move signals the former El Paso congressman is willing to invest in top political…

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Published 6:03 p.m. MT March 25, 2019 | Updated 7:37 a.m. MT March 26, 2019

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The move signals the former El Paso congressman is willing to invest in top political talent as he seeks to emerge from a crowded field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.

A former top strategist for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election effort is joining Texan Beto O’Rourke as a campaign manager for his 2020 presidential bid.

The addition of Jen O’Malley Dillon gives O’Rourke a seasoned, high-level operative as he attempts to distinguish himself in a crowded field of candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump next year.

“We’re exited that Jen O’Malley Dillon has joined our team,” O’Rourke said Monday in text message forwarded by his campaign. “Her leadership and creativity will be a great addition to a campaign that is already doing so much to bring people together to overcome the greatest set of challenges this country has ever faced.”

I’m so excited to join the @betoorourke team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges, and that will show up everywhere and listen to & value every voice.

— Jen O’Malley Dillon (@jomalleydillon) March 25, 2019

O’Malley Dillon was Obama’s deputy campaign manager. She said in a series of tweets that as a mother of two she wants to make a better world for her children. Her hiring was first reported by the New York Times.

“I’m so excited to join the @betoorourke team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges, and that will show up everywhere and listen to & value every voice,” she said in one of the tweets.

MORE: Beto O’Rourke campaign announces location for El Paso rally

She added, “and not gonna lie, pretty excited for our kids to get a chance to live in El Paso, where” her husband grew up.

Her husband, Patrick Dillon, was the deputy director of political affairs and special assistant to Obama.

O’Malley Dillon is a co-founder of the political communications firm, Precision Strategies, which worked for Obama in 2012 and also represents the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation, according to its website.

Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, said the hiring of O’Malley Dillon is a signal O’Rourke recognizes that he cannot run his presidential bid with the same seat-of-the pants style that became a trademark in his narrow loss to U.S.Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas last year.

“Getting someone who knows what it takes to win, especially an old Obama hand, is huge,” Rottinghaus said. “Going from a U.S. Senate campaign to a presidential campaign is like going from the minor leagues to the major leagues. This says Beto knows he needs top talent.”

MORE: Beto fundraising record: $6.1 million from donors is an ‘important number’ for O’Rourke

O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman, gave up a safe Democratic seat representing El Paso to challenge Cruz. He entered the presidential race March 14 and immediately hit the road to campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early primary and caucus states on next year’s political calendar.

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Days after saying he would join the presidential race, O’Rourke said he had raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after his formal announcement — the biggest first-day haul of any of the announced Democrats. He edged Bernie Sanders’ $5.9 million, raised from 223,000 individual donors. The O’Rourke campaign said later that it received 128,000 unique contributions.

O’Rourke plans what he’s calling a “launch” on Saturday with a morning rally in El Paso to be followed by two more home-state rallies — one in Houston that afternoon and a nighttime event in Austin, a block from the Texas Capitol.

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A train hit a pedestrian in an El Paso crash Tuesday morning

Aaron Martinez, El Paso Times Published 7:32 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 CLOSE If you know the man who on March 12 walked into the Walgreens at the Fountains at Farah and stole more than $600, you could earn a reward. Courtesy Crime Stoppers of El Paso, El Paso TimesA pedestrian was struck by a…

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A pedestrian was struck by a train early Tuesday morning in the Upper Valley, officials said.

The incident happened at Spur 16 and Doniphan Drive near Canutillo High School, El Paso Police Department officials said.

The pedestrian’s current condition and name were not released.

The El Paso Police Department’s Special Traffic Investigations unit is investigating the accident.

No further information has been released.

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