Photo of Ian Zeter, 5th Grade from Ernest Stapleton Elementary who won the 2022 Spelling Bee for our district

Rio Rancho Public Schools recently hosted the Rio Rancho/Sandoval County District Spelling Bee. The bee was conducted remotely and streamed over our YouTube Channel at: In total, we had 39 qualifying students participate from 22 schools within Sandoval County. 

Congratulations are in order for the following students (plus a three way tie for 3rd place):

  • First Place - Ian Zeter, grade 5, Ernest Stapleton Elementary (Pictured)
  • Second Place - Keith Lee, grade 5, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary
  • Third Place - Logan Hargues, grade 5, Joe Harris Elementary
  • Third Place - Sathya Martin, grade 7, Lincoln Middle School
  • Third Place - Lauryn McKee, grade 8, Mountain View Middle School
  • Alternate (sixth place finisher) - Sarah Fletcher, grade 5, Colinas del Norte Elementary

We are so proud of every student who participated in this year’s Spelling Bee and congratulate the winners on a job well done. We look forward to seeing you represent us at the State level.