Fifteen Wicomico County school spelling bee champions will compete in the 6th Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bee at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne on Saturday, March 3, 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 and Somerset counties. The winner of the March 3 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.
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 3 regional bee. Each school also recognized a runner-up to serve as alternate for the Spelling Bee at UMES in case the school champion was unable to participate.
Here is the list of students and the schools they will be representing:
- Delmar Elementary: Alexa Clowes (4th grade) champion, Anika Kozlowski (4th grade) alternate
- East Salisbury Elementary: Aleah Shah (4th grade) champion, Nasier Everett (4th grade) alternate
- Fruitland Intermediate: Ava Streng (5th grade) champion, Andrea Chen (5th grade) alternate
- Glen Avenue Elementary: Yasmin Nur (4th grade) champion, Azori Carr (5th grade) alternate
- North Salisbury Elementary: Eden Debebe (4th grade) champion, Johnsie Williams (4th grade) alternate
- Northwestern Elementary: Samantha Yobst (4th grade) champion, Mabel Bradley (4th grade) alternate
- Pemberton Elementary: Daniel Ryu (4th grade) champion, Maryam Khamees (4th grade) alternate
- Pinehurst Elementary: Emilia Tuske (4th grade) champion, Mila Vo (5th grade) alternate
- Prince Street Elementary: Samaiya Dale (5th grade) champion, Saziya Banks (5th grade) alternate
- Westside Intermediate: Jackson Smith (4th grade) champion, Alyssa Thomas (5th grade) alternate
- Pittsville Elementary and Middle: Leanna Morris (8th grade) champion, Autumn Huntington (7th grade) alternate. Leanna will be representing her school for the third straight year.
- Bennett Middle: Ellie Long (7th grade) champion, Eden Emhoff (6th grade) alternate
- Mardela Middle: Madeline “Maddy” Umsted (8th grade) champion, Zoey Dipasqua (8th grade) alternate
- Salisbury Middle: Rosy Gao (8th grade) champion, Hannah Park (8th grade) alternate
- Wicomico Middle: Ava Bautista (8th grade) champion, Hayley Burnside (7th grade) alternate
The March 3 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. Bee participants should arrive by 8:30 a.m. to check in and be relaxed and ready by bee time. Spectators should plan to be in their seats by 9:50 a.m.