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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,

● Heather Faison, Grade 8, Arundel Homeschool Group

● Alexander Molina, Grade 8, *

● Danielle Grant, Grade 8, Brooklyn Park Middle School

● Elsa Flynn, Grade 6,

● David Seidl, Grade 5, Chesapeake Academy

● Jasmine Elkhoga, Grade 6,

● Young Chung, Grade 8,

● Katie Sullivan, Grade 6,

● Nathan Plaza, Grade 8,

● Maia Brown, Grade 7, Indian Creek School*

● Kendall Schneider, Grade 7,

● Kaitlyn Lyons, Grade 7,

● 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,

● Autumn Trakney, Grade 7,

● John Tahsuda IV, Grade 8, School of the Incarnation

● LeAn Nguyen, Grade 8, *

● Duffy Burns, Grade 7, Severn School

● Tyler Smith, Grade 7,

● Jahkel Wilkerson, Grade 8, Southern Middle School

● Jonathan Pett, Grade 8, St. John the Evangelist

● Hope Lomvardias, Grade 8, *

● Elyse Keenan, Grade 8,

● Katrina Stubbs, Grade 7,

● Olivia Simmons, Grade 7,

*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.

Faith Burns February 07, 2012 at 08:16 PM
So proud of our nephew Duffy Burns! His intelligence is just one of his many amazing qualities!

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