Eighteen public school students, 13 private school students, and one homeschooled student will vie to become the champion of the 25th annual Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee on February 23, 2013.
The champion of the county bee wins an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 28-30, 2013. There will be other prizes for the county’s top spellers, including monetary awards from the 21st Century Education Foundation, Encyclopaedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster reference books, gift certificates, plaques, and a trophy for the winner’s school.
The bee is a partnership of Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the 21st Century Education Foundation. This year’s event sponsor is the Josephine B. Scheffenacker Education Trust. Other sponsors include ClearEdge IT Solutions and Capital-Gazette Communications.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a not-for-profit educational promotion sponsored by The E.W. Scripps Company in conjunction with businesses and community organizations around the world. Each sponsor organizes a spelling bee program in its community with the cooperation of area school officials: private, charter, parochial, public, and home schools.
The first national bee was held in 1925. Locally, more than 1,500 students competed in their school’s spelling bee for the right to advance to the county competition.
The event begins at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.
Participants in this year’s bee are:
● Alyssa Hall, Grade 6, Annapolis Area Christian School
● Allison Skillin, Grade 7, Annapolis Middle School
● Katelyn Shibilski, Grade 7, Arundel Middle School
● Hanna Mathews, Grade 7, Brooklyn Park Middle School
● Shane Jackson, Grade 7, Central Middle School
● Mehul Sachdev, Grade 5, Chesapeake Academy
● Nathan Pipkin, Grade 7, Chesapeake Bay Homeschool Association
● Esther Lim, Grade 6, Corkran Middle School
● Katie Sullivan, Grade 7, Crofton Middle School
● Gryphyn Hart, Grade 7, George Fox Middle School
● Maia Brown, Grade 8, Indian Creek School
● Julia Leney, Grade 6, Key School
● Hunter-Ann Stemple, Grade 8, Lindale Middle School
● Bryan Hess, Grade 7, MacArthur Middle School
● Tyaraliz Pérez López, Grade 8, Marley Middle School
● Jacob Nadeau, Grade 8, Magothy River Middle School
● Promise Ohanyerenwa, Grade 8, Meade Middle School
● Isabelle Simmons, Grade 6, Montessori International
● James Novak, Grade 8, Old Mill Middle School North
● An Thai, Grade 8, Old Mill Middle School South
● Michael Howerton, Grade 6, School of the Incarnation
● Robin Roper, Grade 8, Severn River Middle School
● Saylor Willauer, Grade 7, Severn School
● Campbell Jones, Grade 7, Severna Park Middle School
● Melinda Cutler, Grade 8, Southern Middle School
● Brendan Veit, Grade 7, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Day School
● Caroline Murkey, Grade 8, St. Anne’s School of Annapolis
● Thomas Gleason, Grade 8, St. John the Evangelist
● Connor Scotton, Grade 8, St. Martin’s Lutheran School
● William Rogers, Grade 6, St. Mary's Elementary School
● Abigail Thurston, Grade 8, St. Paul’s Lutheran School
● Olivia Simmons, Grade 8, Wiley H. Bates Middle School*
*returning county champion