Bi-lingual student from Ecuador wins Hite Elementary spelling bee

Hite Elementary School has a new spelling bee champion, and he only learned English two years ago.

Luciano Armendariz is in fifth grade.

He came to the United States from Ecuador and only spoke Spanish.

Principal Sheridan Barnett said his determination should be an inspiration to all.

“The other amazing story that I like to present to students, and adults even, is you don’t have to be the best at everything, but you have to work harder than everyone else in the room to be successful. And he did.”

Armendariz will go on to represent Hite Elementary in the district spelling bee next Wednesday.

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How the Brain Works During Simultaneous Interpretation

Summary: A new EEG study reveals how the brain utilizes more cognitive resources to hold memory and process previous information.

According to the ‘Efforts Model’ proposed by the French linguist Daniel Gile, during simultaneous interpretation the brain performs three concurrent mental operations: it perceives and processes current fragments of the message in the original language, stores previously heard information in memory, and, finally, generates an equivalent message in the target language. HSE researchers decided to use EEG and the ERP method to test whether these three operations are performed simultaneously or whether there is dynamic redistribution of a limited resource of attention between them.

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