Good luck to spellers
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.