28 Students Set for County Spelling Bee
Five of the competitors are returning school champions, according to school officials.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ best fifth- to eighth-grade spellers are set to compete Feb. 25 for a trip to the national championship in Washington, DC.
The 24th annual county spelling bee is set to feature 28 students, including five returning school champions.
The competition is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Board Room at the Parham Building, according to a release from the school system.
Here are the expected competitors:
● Eelaaf Zahid, Grade 6, Annapolis Middle School
● Heather Faison, Grade 8, Arundel Homeschool Group
● Alexander Molina, Grade 8, Arundel Middle School*
● Danielle Grant, Grade 8, Brooklyn Park Middle School
● Elsa Flynn, Grade 6, Central Middle School
● David Seidl, Grade 5, Chesapeake Academy
● Jasmine Elkhoga, Grade 6, Chesapeake Bay Middle School
● Young Chung, Grade 8, Corkran Middle School
● Katie Sullivan, Grade 6, Crofton Middle School
● Nathan Plaza, Grade 8, George Fox Middle School
● Maia Brown, Grade 7, Indian Creek School*
● Kendall Schneider, Grade 7, Key School
● Kaitlyn Lyons, Grade 7, Lindale Middle School
● Aayush Katwala, Grade 6, MacArthur Middle School
● Maura Campbell, Grade 8, Magothy River Middle School
● Megan Papali, Grade 6, Meade Middle School
● Shad Newland, Grade 8, Old Mill Middle School North
● Autumn Trakney, Grade 7, Old Mill Middle School South
● John Tahsuda IV, Grade 8, School of the Incarnation
● LeAn Nguyen, Grade 8, Severn River Middle School*
● Duffy Burns, Grade 7, Severn School
● Tyler Smith, Grade 7, Severna Park Middle School
● Jahkel Wilkerson, Grade 8, Southern Middle School
● Jonathan Pett, Grade 8, St. John the Evangelist
● Hope Lomvardias, Grade 8, St. Martin's Lutheran School*
● Elyse Keenan, Grade 8, St. Mary's Elementary School
● Katrina Stubbs, Grade 7, St. Paul's Lutheran
● Olivia Simmons, Grade 7, Wiley H. Bates Middle School
*Returning school champion
From the release:
The champion of the county bee wins an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete in the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 29 through June 1, 2012. 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.