Announcing Wicomico's 2018 School Spelling Bee Champions
Congratulations to the Spelling Bee Champions and Alternates for 15 Wicomico Schools; Champions to Compete in March 3 Bee at UMES
Posted on 03/02/2018

Fifteen Wicomico County school spelling bee champions will compete in the 6th Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bee at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne on Saturday, March 3, for a chance to be the area’s representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

UMES sponsors and hosts the regional bee, which will involve students from public schools and some private schools in Wicomico and Somerset counties. The winner of the March 3 spelling bee will win a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in the Washington area in May. The winners of the first four Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bees were students in Wicomico County Public Schools.

All Wicomico schools with students in grades 4-8 held classroom or team contests and then a school spelling bee, at the end of which the winner was named school champion. The school champion will participate in the March 3 regional bee. Each school also recognized a runner-up to serve as alternate for the Spelling Bee at UMES in case the school champion was unable to participate.

Congratulations to the 2018 spelling champions and alternates!


Delmar Elementary: Alexa Clowes (4th) champion, Anika Kozlowski (4th) alternate

East Salisbury Elementary: Aleah Shah (4th) champion, Nasier Everett (4th) alternate

Fruitland Intermediate: Ava Streng (5th) champion, Andrea Chen (5th) alternate. Andrea will represent the school in the spelling bee as Ava was not able to participate.

Glen Avenue Elementary: Yasmin Nur (4th) champion, Azori Carr (5th) alternate

North Salisbury Elementary: Eden Debebe (4th) champion, Johnsie Williams (4th) alternate

Northwestern Elementary: Samantha Yobst (4th) champion, Mabel Bradley (4th) alternate

Pemberton Elementary: Daniel Ryu (4th) champion, Maryam Khamees (4th) alternate

Pinehurst Elementary: Emilia Tuske (4th) champion, Mila Vo (5th) alternate

Prince Street Elementary: Samaiya Dale (5th) champion, Saziya Banks (5th), alternate

Westside Intermediate: Jackson Smith (4th), champion, Alyssa Thomas (5th), alternate

Pittsville Elementary and Middle: Leanna Morris (8th) champion, Autumn Huntington (7th) alternate. Leanna will be representing her school for the third straight year.

Bennett Middle: Ellie Long (7th) champion, Eden Emhoff (6th) alternate

Mardela Middle: Madeline “Maddy” Umsted (8th) champion, Zoey Dipasqua (8th) alternate

Salisbury Middle: Rosy Gao (8th) champion, Hannah Park (8th) alternate

Wicomico Middle: Ava Bautista (8th) champion, Hayley Burnside (7th) alternate


The March 3 bee at UMES will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held in the Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center (PAC). The bee is open to the public to attend, and teachers, classmates, school administrators, families and other supporters are invited to come support spellers in the bee. Ample parking is available in the parking lots adjacent to the Fitzgerald PAC. Bee participants should arrive by 8:30 a.m. to check in and be relaxed and ready by bee time. Spectators should plan to be in their seats by 9:50 a.m.

In case of bad weather, parents, spellers and supporters can watch a special new website: or monitor UMES News Facebook for any last-minute changes or information.