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3rd spelling bee win for Valley Oaks student

Valley Oaks Elementary School student Marco Gonzalez won his school’s spelling bee for the third time in a row on Dec. 14. The winning word? “Fumatorium,” an alternate name for a fumigation chamber. Shown at center left, Marco is a student in Erica Lim’s sixth grade class, and he will now advance to the regional competition. In second place was Paula Martinez (center right), who is in Linda Gonzales’ sixth grade class, and in third place was Mia Vega (second from left), who is in Crystal Vallejo’s fifth grade class. The students are joined, from left, by Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) Trustee Wes Cagle, Galt Mayor Shawn Farmer, and GJUESD Superintendent Lois Yount.