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THIRTY-ONE STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN 28th ANNUAL ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Nineteen public school students, 11 private school students, and one home-schooled student will vie to become the champion of the 28th annual Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee on February 20, 2016. The event begins at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.

The county bee is a partnership of Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the 21st Century Education Foundation. This year’s event sponsor is Educational Systems Federal Credit Union. The champion sponsors for this year are the Josephine B. Scheffenacker Education Trust and Capital-Gazette Communications.

The champion of the county bee wins an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. There will be other prizes for the county’s top spellers, including monetary awards from the 21st Century Education Foundation, as well as reference books and gift items from Merriam-Webster, Bowie Baysox, and Krispy Kreme.

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.

Participants in this year’s bee are: