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By ERIN JULIUS | March 8, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Charles Smith was not derelict in his spelling Saturday, and in fact, managed to spell "derelict" correctly in the third round of the eighth-grade contest Saturday afternoon at the 29th annual Washington County Spelling Bee at Western Heights Middle School. Moments later, Charles spelled "dechlorinate" in the fourth round to win the competition. Charles, last year's seventh-grade winner and a student at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, will represent the area at the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 29 and 30 in Washington, D.C. The local spelling bee is sponsored by The Herald-Mail.
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by TARA REILLY | March 25, 2007
HAGERSTOWN-Damien Clipp's "cachet" on Saturday was leaving Western Heights Middle School as Washington County's top eighth-grade speller. Damien, an E. Russell Hicks Middle School student, correctly spelled cachet in the eighth-grade competition of the 28th annual Washington County Spelling Bee on Saturday after going 10 rounds. By winning, he earned a trip to the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on May 30 and 31. The Herald-Mail Co. sponsored the county spelling bee and is sending Damien and a parent to the national competition.
NEWS
March 3, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - You might call it the cherry on top. Jessica Shakesprere is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee after winning a local competition with the word "maraschino. " The 11-year-old is a student at The Country Day School in Charles Town, W.Va. The Tri-County Spelling Bee took place in Martinsburg on Saturday, and pitted the area's top 34 spellers against one another. The national spelling competition will be held in Washington, D.C., this May.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 24, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Jessica Swarner typically watches the Scripps National Spelling Bee on television. However, this year, the 13-year-old Hagerstown resident will be in the hot seat, representing Washington County in the annual competition Tuesday through Thursday in Washington, D.C. "I'm really nervous," said Jessica, an eighth-grader at St. Mary Catholic School. "Some of those words are crazy ... you've never even heard of them. " Jessica won her school's spelling bee before taking top honors in the county bee, held in March.
OPINION
June 1, 2013
Thumbs up to Jade Lee, a Smithsburg Middle School eighth-grader who represented Washington County this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Jade correctly spelled “hippopotamus” and “bruschetta” on stage Wednesday. Although the results of her computer-based test didn't propel her to Thursday's semifinals, reached by just 41 of 281 spellers, she performed admirably. Thumbs up to the medalists and champions at last week's Maryland State Track and Field Championships at Morgan State University.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 25, 2008
HANCOCK - Charles Smith has a favorite word, and he loves to impress people by spelling the 34-letter tongue twister. While his family and friends may ask him to spell supercalafrajalisticexpialidocious -- a nonsensical word made famous by Mary Poppins -- it's unlikely he'll hear the word when he competes Thursday in the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Charles, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, was...
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 26, 2008
HANCOCK - Charles Smith has a favorite word, and he loves to impress people by spelling the 34-letter tongue twister. While his family and friends may ask him to spell supercalafrajalisticexpialidocious - a nonsensical word made famous by Mary Poppins - it's unlikely he'll hear the word when he competes Thursday in the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Charles, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, was the...
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 28, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - As a sixth-grader, he was sick the day his class held a spelling bee. He didn't get to compete in seventh grade, either. But this year, as an eighth-grader, Damien Clipp participated in his first spelling bee and made it all the way to the national competition. He was confident competing against his classmates and students countywide. But the 14-year-old Hagerstown resident says he doesn't know how he'll fare Wednesday against the best spellers in the country.
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June 1, 2013
Thumbs up to Jade Lee, a Smithsburg Middle School eighth-grader who represented Washington County this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Jade correctly spelled “hippopotamus” and “bruschetta” on stage Wednesday. Although the results of her computer-based test didn't propel her to Thursday's semifinals, reached by just 41 of 281 spellers, she performed admirably. Thumbs up to the medalists and champions at last week's Maryland State Track and Field Championships at Morgan State University.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2013
Preparing for this week's Scripps National Spelling Bee, Jade Lee said she doesn't really like spelling, but she enjoys memorizing. Jade probably won't be asked to spell pygmy puff or puffskein - the type of Harry Potter terms she likes to memorize - in the national spelling bee. Although bezoar - an object referenced in Harry Potter movies and in the dictionary - was one of the words in the county spelling bee, the Smithsburg Middle School eighth-grader...
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 30, 2012
Boonsboro Middle School student Grace Li cleared two onstage hurdles Wednesday at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Now, she must wait to learn if she advances. The 14-year-old Hagerstown resident correctly spelled rambla - defined as "a dry ravine, or the dry bed of an ephemeral stream" -in round two of the bee, the first of two oral rounds Wednesday at the national bee at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. In Wednesday afternoon's third round - a second oral round - Grace correctly spelled eigenvalue, a word defined as "the change in magnitude of a vector that does not change in direction under a given linear transformation; a scalar factor by which an eigenvector is multiplied under such a transformation.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 25, 2012
One could describe Grace Li as “cynical” in the way she performed at Saturday's 2011-12 Washington County Spelling Bee. With each word, the eighth-grader from Boonsboro Middle School asked the judges to repeat it, describe it and use it in a sentence, almost like she was “exhibiting feelings ranging from distrustful doubt to contemptuous and mocking disbelief” as the word was defined by judges. When her final challenger, Jennifer Cave of Clear Spring Middle School, bowed out by misspelling “oratorio” in the seventh round, Grace calmly stepped to the microphone and spelled the very word that described her demeanor.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | May 31, 2011
Unperturbed by a written test that included words like "vitelline" and "hukilau," local speller Tyler Reese said he finished day one of the Scripps National Spelling Bee feeling "pretty good" about his chances of advancing to the bee's semifinals. "I think I did very well," Tyler, 14, of Greencastle, Pa., said by phone after the test. An eighth-grader at Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, Tyler was this year's Washington County Spelling Bee champion and is being sponsored at the national bee by The Herald-Mail.
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By HEATHER KEELS | June 3, 2010
o Scripps National Spelling Bee official site o Definition of "pantheon" o Definition of "balalaika" o Definition of "tritium" o Definition of "kielbasa" WASHINGTON -- Smithsburg Middle School student Joanne Lee correctly spelled "pantheon" and "balalaika" Thursday, but failed to advance to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Joanne scored 23 points in the three rounds in...
NEWS
June 8, 2009
Thanks to paper for spelling bee sponsorship To the editor: I would publicly like to thank The Herald-Mail for sponsoring our county in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This offers a chance of a lifetime that my daughter, Jessica, was able to experience last month. The event spans five days, beginning with a barbecue mixer and ending with a party celebration. The bee provides each participant with an autograph book that lists, with pictures, all 293 children, judges and staff.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 27, 2009
o Jessica has been talking about her experiences at the spelling bee on her Twitter feed. Follow her updates here. o For up-to-the-minute results of the spelling bee and more information about the competitors, go to www.spellingbee.com . WASHINGTON -- It's likely Jessica Swarner can spell the word "superstitious. " On Wednesday, as she competed for the top spelling prize in the nation, Jessica kept a rosary, a horseshoe-shaped pin and a bag full of trinkets near her. The Hagerstown resident wore the same jewelry she was wearing when she won the Washington County Spelling Bee -- a green heart necklace and a bracelet her sister had given her for Christmas.
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By ELLEN ROWLAND | May 25, 2009
Spelling bee Saint Mary Catholic School student Jessica Swarner will attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week in Washington, D.C. Jessica was the highest scorer in Saint Mary's eighth-grade class and advanced to the county spelling bee. She took first place and earned a spot in the national competition. Her father will be accompanying her. TOPS 77 On May 18, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 77 heard Cleo Burger lead the program on obesity.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 24, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Jessica Swarner typically watches the Scripps National Spelling Bee on television. However, this year, the 13-year-old Hagerstown resident will be in the hot seat, representing Washington County in the annual competition Tuesday through Thursday in Washington, D.C. "I'm really nervous," said Jessica, an eighth-grader at St. Mary Catholic School. "Some of those words are crazy ... you've never even heard of them. " Jessica won her school's spelling bee before taking top honors in the county bee, held in March.
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