Fifteen Wicomico County school spelling bee champions will compete in the 5th Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bee at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne on Saturday, March 4, for a chance to be the area’s representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
UMES sponsors and hosts the regional bee, which will involve students from public schools and some private schools in Wicomico, Somerset, Dorchester and Worcester counties. The winner of the March 4 spelling bee will win a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in the Washington area in May. The winners of the first four Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bees were students in Wicomico County Public Schools: Bennett Middle (Khaled Mohamed), Wicomico Middle (two-time winner Gia Bautista), and Salisbury Middle (Maya Matava).
All Wicomico schools with students in grades 4-8 held classroom or team contests and then a school spelling bee, at the end of which the winner was named school champion. The school champion will participate in the March 4 regional bee. Each school also recognized a runner-up to serve as alternate for the Spelling Bee at UMES in case the school champion is unable to participate.
Congratulations to the 2017 spelling champions and alternates!
Delmar Elementary: Ethan Richardson (4th) champion, Lily Baker (4th) alternate
East Salisbury Elementary: Kas’Mier Williams (5th) champion, Emily Organista (4th) alternate
Fruitland Intermediate: Rhianna Denaque (5th) champion, Andrea Chen (4th) alternate
Glen Avenue Elementary: Monay Wilson (5th) champion, Ryan Plaskon (5th) alternate
North Salisbury Elementary: Aarna Lulla (5th) champion, Emma Kossum (4th) alternate
Northwestern Elementary: Tiffany Colon (4th) champion, Alvin Rivera (5th) alternate
Pemberton Elementary: Isabel Mena (5th) champion, Landon Blumenthal (5th) alternate
Pinehurst Elementary: Adrianna Pearson (5th) champion, Jayden Welch (5th) alternate
Prince Street Elementary: Hailey Soriano (5th), champion. Alyssa Mitchell (5th), alternate.
Westside Intermediate: Jada Whyte (5th) champion, Justin Rodgers (5th), alternate
Pittsville Elementary and Middle: Leanna Morris (7th) champion, Hailee Shrieves (8th), alternate
Bennett Middle: Leah Osmon (8th) champion, David Choi (8th) alternate
Mardela Middle: Stacey Fisher (6th) champion, Gage Daniel (7th) alternate
Salisbury Middle: Rosy Gao (7th) champion, Pratham Dhawan (6th) alternate
Wicomico Middle: Kirsten Parsons (8th) champion, Ava Bautista (7th) alternate
The March 4 bee at UMES will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held in the Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center (PAC). The bee is open to the public to attend, and teachers, classmates, school administrators, families and other supporters are invited to come support spellers in the bee. Ample parking is available in the parking lots adjacent to the Fitzgerald PAC.
In case of bad weather, parents, spellers and supporters can watch a special new website: www.umes.edu/bee or monitor UMES News Facebook for any last-minute changes or information.