Good luck to spell­ers

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

This Thurs­day evening, there will be buzzing in Wal­dorf.

Theodore G. Davis Mid­dle School will host the 39th an­nual Charles County Spell­ing Bee at 6 p.m. The event will de­ter­mine who will rep­re­sent Charles County at the Scripps Na­tional Spell­ing Bee May 31 and June 1 at the Gay­lord Na­tional Re­sort and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter at Na­tional Har­bor.

The na­tional bee has been hap­pen­ing in some form or an­other since 1925. For the past 38 years, stu­dents in Charles County have com­peted at the lo­cal level for a chance to reach the big stage. Over the years, that stage has grown larger, with part of the bee now be­ing broad­cast on ESPN3.

But first, we must have a lo­cal winner. On Thurs­day evening, 58 spell­ers — 20 from pri­vate schools and 38 stu­dents who at­tend pub­lic schools — will vie for a chance to rep­re­sent Charles County at the na­tional bee. These stu­dents have al­ready achieved suc­cess by beat­ing out many of their peers to rep­re­sent their school at the lo­cal level. They’ve prac­ticed with par­ents, grand­par­ents, other rel­a­tives plus their teach­ers and coaches to get this far. Hours have been spent mem­o­riz­ing spellings, word ori­gins and def­i­ni­tions. Thurs­day evening will be a chal­lenge for these young boys and girls, and we know how com­pet­i­tive and stress­ful it can be to stand in front of a large crowd and spell a word that they may have never even heard be­fore it left the pro­nouncer’s mouth. Who­ever wins, it will be due to ded­ica- tion, prepa­ra­tion and ner ves of steel.

We at the Mar yland In­de­pen­dent have been spon­sors of the lo­cal bee for many years, in part­ner­ship with the Chaney Foun­da­tion, Charles County Pub­lic Schools, the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, South­ern Mar yland Elec­tric Co-op, and, more re­cently, Ed­u­ca­tional Sys­tems Fed- eral Credit Union. The lo­cal winner (or, in the rare case, co-win­ners) will re­ceive an ex­pense-paid trip to the bee dur­ing Bee Week 2017, where his or her fam­ily will join other com­peti­tors in tours and ac­tiv­i­ties around the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. In ad­di­tion, the winner will re­ceive one-year sub­scrip­tions to the on­line En­cy­clo­pe­dia Brit­tan­ica and Mer­riam-Web­ster Unabridged dic­tio­nar y, as well as a print edi­tion of Mer­riam-Web­ster’s Col­le­giate Dic­tionary, 11th edi­tion.

We wish all of the young spell­ers good luck to­mor­row evening and will be in at­ten­dance to cheer them on. Best of luck to you all. You’re al­ready win­ners in our eyes.

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