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January 17, 2011
Charles Smith and Maureen Leavy have been named Students of the Month  for January at Washington County Technical High School. Charles is a junior enrolled in the biomedical science program at Tech High. His home school is Hancock Middle/Senior High School. His academic schedule includes biomedical science, advanced-placement English literature, honors world history, art and honors physics.   Having been an avid reader for as long as he can remember, Charles attributes that to his success in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, coming in 91st out of 258 competitors.
By ERIN JULIUS | March 10, 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.
By DAN DEARTH | April 11, 2010
SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Middle School student Joanne Lee couldn't speak English when she started kindergarten. But things have changed since then. On June 2, Joanne will take the stage with 274 other students from across the United States to represent Washington County Public Schools at the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The event will last until June 4. "The nerves are the worst," Joanne said. "I have to remember not to spell too fast so I don't miss a letter.
July 18, 2005
Habitat provides a place to call home To the editor: Habitat for Humanity continues to make headway in its daunting task of eliminating sub-standard housing for people of limited means. Its local affiliate, Habitat of Franklin County, Pa., not only contributes workers and funds to Habitat's world-wide mission, but even more important, it strives to build housing locally for people who need a hand up and who are willing to pitch in with their own labor. We at Habitat of Franklin County depend entirely on local volunteers and local donations (money, material and services)
March 31, 2007
Thumbs up to Damien Clipp, an eighth-grader at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, for the hard work and persistence he employed to win the 28th annual Washington County Spelling Bee. Clipp will travel to the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on May 30 and 31, where his performance will no doubt inspire Tristan Prejean, the county's sixth-grade winner and Charles Smith, the victor in the county's seventh-grade competition....
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 12, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY Of the hundreds of words Anna Baldasarre studied and restudied before Saturday's spelling bee, she smiled as she shared her favorite: agathokakological, which means "composed of both good and evil. " When good words ? shorter and easier ? popped up during Saturday's bee, and evil, confounding words stayed away, Anna earned the title of Washington County's eighth-grade champion. From the audience, Anna's gleeful sister, Laura, breathed deeply. Anna's mother, Beth, gasped with joy. Backstage, she kissed Anna's cheek.
By DAN DEARTH | | March 19, 2011
Tyler Reese wasn't going to let an old Russian woman stand between him and a shot at representing Washington County this year at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Reese, an eighth-grader at Heritage Academy, took a deep breath and said, "Babushka, B - A - B - U - S - H - K - A, Babushka. " His correct spelling of the word during the final round of Saturday's 2010-11 Washington County Spelling Bee not only solidified him as the local champion, but punched his ticket to compete in June at the National Bee in Washington, D.C. "I don't even know what a babushka is," Reese said after he won the title.
By MARIE GILBERT | | June 1, 2011
Word selection at a spelling bee is the luck of the draw. One bad break, and it’s the difference between winning the contest or going home. Tyler Reese’s competitive run at the Scripps National Spelling Bee came to an end Wednesday afternoon during Round 3 when he was presented with the word algorithm — a set of numbers that determines calculations. “I had heard the word, but I couldn’t exactly remember how to spell it,” the 14-year-old said. Asking for a definition and language of origin, Tyler gave it a try,  coming up with algorythym.
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