Can you spell damoclean? Do you even know what it means?
Bates Middle School seventh-grader Olivia Simmons does. She spelled the word correctly to win the 24th annual Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee Feb. 25, according to the Anne Arundel County School System. She bested 26 other champion spellers in the 19th round of the event and earned a trip to the national competition later this year.
The bee is a partnership of Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the 21st Century Education Foundation.
LeAn Nguyen, of Severn River Middle School, finished second in the bee and Hope Lomvardias, of St. Martin’s Lutheran School, was third.
Moving on to National Spelling Bee
Olivia will represent Anne Arundel County at the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee, scheduled for May 27 through June 1, according to the school system. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a not-for-profit educational promotion sponsored by the E.W. Scripps Company in conjunction with businesses and community organizations around the world. Each sponsor organizes a spelling bee program in its community with the cooperation of area school officials: private, charter, parochial, public, and home schools.
All of the spellers received a prize bag that contains assorted gift items, a commemorative poster, a certificate, a subscription to Britannica Online for Kids, and a $25 check from the 21st Century Education Foundation. The top three finishers each received trophies and additional cash prizes.
Olivia also won a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and a Samuel Louis Sugarman Award certificate and savings bond donated by Jay Sugarman in honor of his father, a lifelong advocate of education.
LeAn also received a Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary donated by Merriam-Webster, and an Amazon.com gift certificate.
Photo courtesy of Anne Arundel County Schools