WHAT: For the first time, high school students from across Los Angeles County will compete in a Spanish language spelling bee, organized by Azusa Pacific University’s Department of Modern Languages and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in partnership with The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; APU’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, Phi Omicron, the Hispanic Honor Society; Vista Higher Learning;and with the support of the Education Office, Consulate General of Spain; and the Azusa Chamber of Commerce. WHO: A total of 55 top students, comprised of both native Spanish speakers and those enrolled in Spanish courses, from the following high schools:

Azusa High School, Azusa Cathedral High School, Los Angeles Gladstone High School, Covina John Burroughs High School, Burbank La Salle High School, Pasadena La Serna High School, Whittier Mayfield High School, Pasadena Panorama High School, Panorama City Providence High School, Burbank St. Lucy’s Priory, Glendora

WHEN: Sat., April 13 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Azusa Civic Auditorium 213 E. Foothill Blvd. Azusa, CA

WHY: Thirty million people in the United States speak Spanish. The U.S. has the second largest population in the world of Spanish speakers (after Mexico). With this first- of-its-kind spelling bee, Azusa Pacific University celebrates the Spanish language and culture and encourages high school students who speak Spanish to further their study of the language. CONTACT: Marcela Rojas, assistant professor, Department of Modern Languages mrojas@apu.edu or (626) 791-5632