Thirty-two area students, including two from area middle schools, will prepare to show off their spelling skills at the 25th annual Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee on Feb. 23.
Eighteen public school students, 13 private school students, and one home-schooled student will compete to become the county champion, according to a news release. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 28-30.
Shane Jackson, a seventh-grader at Central Middle School, and Melinda Cutler, an eighth-grader at Southern Middle School, will both compete on Feb. 23.
There will be prizes for other top spellers as well, 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.
More than 1,500 students competed in their school’s spelling bee for the right to advance to the county competition.
The 25th annual Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee begins at 10 a.m. on Feb. 23 in the Board Room of the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Rd. in Annapolis.
For a complete list of participants click here.