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18th Annual Spelling Bee
Thursday, April 27, 2017
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17th Annual Spelling Bee

that was held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Portico at St. John's Church, 43 Monroe Street, Westminster, MD 21157 was another enjoyable evening with many old friends and teams returning to test their wits and spelling abilities against each other. We welcomed back the Honorable Judge Fred Hecker as our pronouncer and welcomed Sheriff Jim DeWees as Master of Ceremonies and Lisa Picker, Carroll County Library, as Judge. Also returning with their superb culinary skills are the students from the Career and Tech Center under the direction of Tim Norwood.

This year nine teams competed with Carroll Community College's Spellbinders taking first place,  Random House's Illyrates taking second and McDaniel College's We Spell McDaniel taking third.  At each table were pencils and paper so even the spectators could test their abilities and play along.

We wish to express our gratitude to our major sponsors of the Spelling Bee and urge all who read this to consider these community minded organizations when shopping:
Penguin Random House Giant Food Pomeroy Jewelers

In addition, we wish to thank the following businesses for their assistance:
Johansson's Dining House J and G Liquors Run Moore Rhoten's Printing
Enjoy the pictures from this year's enjoyable, entertaining, pleasant, lively, merry, witty, stimulating event.

  • Jim DeWees, Master of Ceremonies, welcomes everyone.Jim DeWees, Master of Ceremonies, welcomes everyone.
  • The Library's captain, Krystel Padilla, introduces the team.The Library's captain, Krystel Padilla, introduces the team.
  • Carroll County Public Library fan applauds her team.Carroll County Public Library fan applauds her team.
  • McDaniel's mascot knows his team will triumph. McDaniel's mascot knows his team will triumph.
  • The Bee's officials, Sam Greenholtz, Lisa Picker, Jim DeWees and Fred Hecker, wait for the second half of the program to begin.The Bee's officials, Sam Greenholtz, Lisa Picker, Jim DeWees and Fred Hecker, wait for the second half of the program to begin.
  • Summer Bowlingg accepts the third place trophy for We Spell McDaniel.Summer Bowlingg accepts the third place trophy for We Spell McDaniel.
  • Ester-Marie Emslie accepts the second place trophy for the Illurates.Ester-Marie Emslie accepts the second place trophy for the Illiteratis.
  • All of the Spellbinders, Tom Shields, Maria Burnes and Dimitri Fedoruk, accept the first place trophy for Carroll Community College.All of the Spellbinders, Tom Shields, Maria Burnes and Dimitri Fedoruk,accept the first place trophy for Carroll Community College.

Or watch the entire Seventeenth Bee here.  

16th Annual Spelling Bee

(formerly 16th Anyule Spelin' Be!)

April 23, 2015,  5:30-8:15 pm     
Career & Tech Center
1229 Washington Rd. (Route 32),
Westminster, MD

A wonderful evening was spent indulging our taste buds and challenging our minds. Once again the Career and Technical Center culinary students served a delicious meal.

Watch the entire evening on these two YouTube videos Part One  Part Two

Thank you for all your effort! Love your cookies!

  • Joe Cimino, Master of Ceremonies, introduces the competition.Joe Cimino, Master of Ceremonies, introduces the competition.
  • The Honorable Fred Hecker waits at the judges table to be introduced. Fred was our pronouncer.The Honorable Fred Hecker waits at the judges table to be introduced. Fred was our pronouncer.
  • All teams are assembled and ready to begin.All teams are assembled and ready to begin.
  • First place Cheer competition: Carroll County Public LibraryFirst place Cheer competition: Carroll County Public Library
  • First place Spelling: North Carroll Middle School with Sam Greenholtz, Director, The Literacy Council of Carroll County First place Spelling: North Carroll Middle School with Sam Greenholtz, Director, The Literacy Council of Carroll County
  • JoeSecond place Spelling: We Spell McDaniel from McDaniel College
  • Third place Spelling: The Alpha Betties from Penquin Random HouseThird place Spelling: The Alpha Betties from Penquin Random House

15th Anyule Spelin' Be! was held April 24, 2014 Check out all that happened that night!