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By LISA PREJEAN | April 9, 2010
Have you ever applied for a passport? I had the pleasure of this experience recently, and I'm glad this official document is good for 10 years. It will be another decade before I must face the government questioning my ability to spell my own last name. I only wish I were kidding. It all started with a trip to see the friendly ladies at the Williamsport Post Office. Many local post offices are now offering passport application services. This is convenient for travelers and is good for the postmaster's bottom line.
NEWS
April 23, 2008
Grace Academy held its schoolwide spelling bee recently. The winners were, front row, from left, Jenna Wingert-KA, Jaidyn Griffith-KB, Taylor Smith-1A, Jared Shay-1B and Hunter Smith-2; middle row, from left, Mary Hykes-3A, Maddy Smith-3B, Katie Wingert-4A and Makaleigh Roberts-4B; back row, from left, Ashton Binkley-5A, Lexi Sterling-5B, Gracie Buser-6A and Lauren Kline-6B.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 17, 1998
The Washington County Board of Education has decided to include a grade for spelling on elementary report cards. Spelling grades were on report cards in the past, but school officials several years ago decided to make the subject part of the writing grade. Parents complained about the change, saying it did not give them enough information about how their children were doing in spelling, said school board member Doris J. Nipps. The board agreed Tuesday night to list a separate grade for spelling, and to make other changes to elementary report cards.
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February 8, 2007
SMITHSBURG - Recent spelling and geography bees resulted in several students at Smithsburg Middle School coming out as winners. Geography bee winners are Corey Bryce, first place; Tyler McKenzie, third place; and Suzanne Reed, second place. Spelling bee winners are Desiree Sours, first place, sixth grade; Sidney Smith, first place, seventh grade; and Cody Hartman, sixth-grade runner-up, Taylor Wiles, a runner-up speller; Nick Warner, first place, eighth grade; and Katie Gomez-Kling, a runner-up speller.
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May 4, 2009
Emmanuel Christian School in Hagerstown participated April 24 in the Maryland Association of Christian Schools Fine Arts Competition in Westminster, Md. Elementary competition categories and awards: o First grade - Madison Crampton, poetry; Caleb Jones, art; Grant Lescalleet, spelling; Preston Miller, oral interpretation (third place) o Second grade - Faith Staley, art; Emmett Hoyt, spelling and history project (first place for history project) o Third grade - Grace Staley, art/spelling; Bryan Sprankle, art; Kenton Bowers, art; Rose Shank, art o Fifth grade - Jessica Aikens, photography, Bible teaching and art (first place in Bible teaching and second place in photography)
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By TARA REILLY | June 1, 2000
When Kevin Roberts finished spelling the word "seine" Thursday he smiled, raised his arms above his head and leaped with joy. cont. from front page Roberts had spelled the word wrong and he knew it. While most students appeared disappointed at being eliminated from the final rounds of the 2000 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., 14-year-old Roberts of southern Washington County near Knoxville, found his own...
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By LISA PREJEAN | September 28, 2007
"What's a minuend?" My students were looking over their new spelling words and had some questions. When I'm introducing a list of words, I like to talk about more than just how to spell. Kids want to know what words mean, and I'm happy to oblige. On this particular week, our spelling time suddenly turned into a review of a math lesson we had the previous week. I wrote "10 - 7 = 3" on the board. "A minuend is the number from which you subtract another number. " For example, in this problem, 10 - 7 = 3, 10 is the minuend.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
Ask a Silly Question 12/19 Q: Why are there various spellings of Hanukkah? A. Hanukkah, and its variations, are attempts to translate a Hebrew word into English, said Rabbi Janice Garfunkel with Congregation B'nai Abraham. Another popular spelling is Chanukah. Either variation may be spelled with one or two n's or k's, Garfunkel said. The "h" on the end also is optional. The "ch" in Chanukah is an attempt to make the "ch" sound similar to the "ch" in "Bach," she said.
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by LISA PREJEAN | January 5, 2007
I was calling out spelling words to my son when we came across the word "eponym. " I wasn't sure if he would spell it correctly. After all, it's not often used in playground conversations. "I know that word, Mommy. There's a section in the spelling book on them. " He turned to the page featuring words that are based on a person's or character's name. For example, some plant names that end in -ia are eponyms that contain the names of botanists. Words that fall in this category include gardenia (named after botanist Alexander Garden)
NEWS
May 2, 2008
Here are some of the things happening Monday in Washington County Public Schools: Monday, May 5 · Teacher Appreciation Week. · AP Exams through Friday, May 9. Boonsboro Elementary - Staff Appreciation Week. Clear Spring High - Future Educators of America meeting, 3:30 p.m.; Athletic Boosters meeting, 7 p.m. Clear Spring Middle - Family Life for seventh-graders, through Friday; PTSA meeting. Conococheague Elementary - Spelling bee for first-graders.
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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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EDUCATION
May 6, 2013
Grace Academy held its spelling bee April 24 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The winners were Claire Heard, kindergarten, Mrs. Leasure's class; Cole Robins, kindergarten, Mrs. Brumbaugh's class; Lauren Conrad, first grade, Mrs. Clark's class; Erin Rudolph, first grade, Miss Shives' class; Raj Saxena, second grade, Mrs. Swacina's class; Claire Wingert, third grade, Mrs. Carver's class; Carissa Grach, fourth grade, Mrs. Morrison's class;...
EDUCATION
February 24, 2013
Heritage Academy held its annual in-school spelling bee Jan. 9. Students in grades four to eight competed for the privilege to advance to the district meet sponsored by American Christian Schools International. Winners from grades six to eight also participated in the Washington County Spelling Bee. The fourth-grade spelling bee lasted 47 rounds, with the top two students continuing for 40 rounds after all other spellers were out.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | February 23, 2013
Jade Lee and Evan Reese have big shoes to fill when it comes to spelling. Each has an older sibling who has won the Washington County Spelling Bee and gone on to compete at Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Saturday at the 2012-2013 Washington County Spelling Bee at Western Heights Middle School, the two not only filled the shoes, but to varying extents, followed in their footsteps. Jade, 13, of Leitersburg, won the eighth grade contest and will move on to compete in Washington, D.C. Evan, 13, of Greencastle, Pa., a student at Heritage Academy, was first runner-up.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
Come and see the exciting conclusion to our search for a 2012-2013 county spelling champ. Watch our young spellers vie for the right to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Spelling Bee takes place on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1 P.M. at Western Heights Middle School. In case of snow call 301-791-2191 after 9:00 A.M.   Winners Boonsboro Middle: 6th Grade: Ian Zinaich 7th Grade: Ajay Kosuri 8th Grade: Meghan Clark Clear Spring Middle: 6th Grade: Luke Faulkner 7th Grade: Gabby Conrad 8th Grade: Elizabeth Whitmore E Russell Hicks Middle: 6th Grade: Casey Owens 7th Grade: Jermaine Venable 8th Grade: Aiden Hulbert Hancock Middle: 6th Grade: Sunni Schriver 7th Grade: Logan Dawson 8th Grade: Michael Keefer Heritage Academy: 6th Grade: Jan Lomahan 7th Grade: Maelynne Patey 8th Grade: Evan Reese Northern Middle: 6th Grade: Amity Boarman 7th Grade: Rachel Kidwell 8th Grade: Christian Drury Smithsburg Middle: 6th Grade: Ryan Goodmansen 7th Grade: Cameron Snyder 8th Grade: Isaac Stottlemyer Springfield Middle: 6th Grade: Dylan Palladino 7th Grade: Ibrahim Diallo 8th Grade: Alexis Hubbard St. Mary Catholic School: 6th Grade: Emily Concovia 7th Grade: Julianna Swarner 8th Grade: Asher Starliper Runners-up...
LIFESTYLE
December 20, 2012
Teens Have Choices will have a team spelling bee from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Bridge of Life, 6 S. Potomac St., in downtown Hagerstown. Rather than individuals competing against one another, adult spelling bees are team competitions, with the members of the team consulting with one another before submitting the spelling they think is correct. The result is a combination of friendly competition and team spirit. Teens may form a team to compete against their parents, teachers, coaches, or friends from other schools.
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Lisa Prejean | November 9, 2012
In preparing to travel to Landover, Md., for a district spelling bee last Monday, I was looking over the volunteer positions that had been assigned to teachers. Much to my surprise, under the sixth-grade bee assignments, there I was: Spelling Master. The job sounds more ominous than it is. It basically involves being able to pronounce words correctly, use them in sentences and listen closely as a student states each letter. The Spelling Master also has the job of breaking the news to the speller: In a positive way: “That is correct.” Or, in a negative way: “I'm sorry.
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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.
EDUCATION
May 6, 2012
St. Mary Catholic School recently held its spelling bee for grades three, four and five.  The winners for each grade were Caroline Dillard (grade three), Donald Borum (grade four) and Madeline Sappenfield (grade five and overall winner). Also on hand for the competition was Vincent Steiner, winner of the middle school spelling contest, who presented gifts to the winners.  Coordinator of the event was Jennifer Karn, middle school language arts teacher. Judges  were Lois MacCumbee and Deborah Bockrath.
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