Feb 7, 2013 8:33 PM by David Ortiviz

Bizarre word leads Pueblo student to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y

At the Pueblo City Schools Spelling Bee today, a word that seemed to puzzle everyone led an 8th grader to victory. The word was catkin. It's origin is Dutch.

"Catkin, C-A-T-K-I-N," said Rosalia Aguilar, who ended 6 rounds of competition to win the district-wide spelling bee.

"Do you know what catkin means?" News 5 reporter David Ortiviz asked Aguilar.

"I don't know what catkin means," said Aguilar.

"Honestly I didn't either," said Ortiviz.

"I just went with my own guess," Aguilar.

According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, catkin is defined as "a spicate inflorescence (as of the willow, birch, or oak) bearing scaly bracts and unisexual usually apetalous flowers". See, we told you it's bizarre.

For Aguilar, an 8th grader from Risley Middle School, a little luck and a lot of hard work paid off.

"It takes a lot of preparation to be honest, know what words you're reading, look up the pronunciation, I did that," said Aguilar (pictured in the middle).

Aguilar and the other top finalists now advance to the state-wide spelling bee in Denver next month.

Ortiviz was the announcer and emcee for the event. Marc Santana (pictured right) came in 2nd and Alicia Aguilar (pictured left) came in 3rd.



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