2016 Spelling Bee Champions from Wicomico Schools
2016 School Spelling Bee Champions Advance to March 5 Bee at UMES; Come Support These Champion Spellers
Posted on 02/29/2016

Thirty Wicomico County school spelling bee champions will compete in the 4th Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bee at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne on Saturday, March 5, for a chance to be the area’s representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

UMES sponsors and hosts the regional bee, which will involve 57 students from public schools and some private schools in Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties. The winner of the March 5 spelling bee will win a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in the Washington area in May.

The winners of the first three Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bees were students in Wicomico County Public Schools: Bennett Middle (Khaled Mohamed) and Wicomico Middle (two-time winner Gia Bautista). This year several past Wicomico school spelling champions are returning to the bee stage while others will be wearing a bee contestant number for the first time. All are studying their word lists and are determined to be this year’s Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bee winner.

Learn more about the event and this year’s returning competitors at https://www.umes.edu/PR/Article.aspx?id=54516.

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 top two winners were named school champions. Congratulations to the spelling champions (with the student’s grade) listed below:


Delmar Elementary: Abygail Jamison (4th), Caleigh Stewart (4th)

East Salisbury Elementary: Hannah Shah (4th), Cristo Sanchez Cabrera (5th)

Fruitland Intermediate: Lochlyn Carmean (5th), Ian Stuchlik (5th)

Glen Avenue Elementary: Alexis Lightfoot (5th), Monay Wilson (4th)

North Salisbury Elementary: Aarna Lulla (4th), Ayati Sangwan (5th)

Northwestern Elementary: Brenden Ward (4th), Stacey Fisher (5th)

Pemberton Elementary: Michelle Rao (5th), Riya Koshy (4th)

Pinehurst Elementary: Temple Chike-Udeagha (4th), Adrianna Pearson (4th)

Prince Street Elementary: DeAngelo Johnson (5th), Monica Reza-Rios (4th). Ella Fitzjohn (5th) also qualified as a school champion but was unable to participate in the March 5 bee.

Westside Intermediate: Stephanie Singleton (5th), Ashlynn Brown (5th). John Koch (5th) also qualified as a school champion but was unable to participate in the March 5 bee.

Pittsville Elementary and Middle: Aaron Stull (6th), Leanna Morris (6th)

Bennett Middle: James Hsia (8th), Leah Osmon (7th)

Mardela Middle: Felicity Shockley (7th), Breanna Soldatelli (8th)

Salisbury Middle: Rosy Gao (6th), Maya Matava (6th)

Wicomico Middle: Ava Bautista (6th), Kirsten Parsons (7th)


The March 5 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.

In case of bad weather, parents, spellers and supporters can watch a special new website: www.umes.edu/bee (which you should check out) or monitor UMES News Facebook for any last-minute changes or information.