Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Until four years ago, Yulkendy Valdez, now age 14, lived with her family in a town south of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. With hopes for a better life, her family came to the United States when she was 10 and settled in the St. Louis, Missouri area.
Yulkendy Valdez had to learn English from scratch. She did. Last week, Yulkendy, now an eighth-grader, won first place in the Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee. She will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Keep in mind that she has only spoken English for four years.
Hat tip to Jim Hacking of Hacking Law Practice!