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A Tie Breaker Spell Off Concluded the 20th Annual Spelling Bee on April 25, 2019

After 5 rounds of spelling and a lead that moved from team to team, the team from Carroll Community College, The Didactidactyls, and the student team from McDaniel, We Spell McDaniel, were tied for first place. Both teams missed their first word in the tie breaking round. However, The Didactidactyls were able to score on the second round to take the title of the Best Spellers of Carroll County. The Spine Crackers from Penguin Random House were third.
First Place Winners.
The Didactidactyls, First Place Winners
Anna Kuang, Gregory Novalis, Jessica Sichel and Dmitri Fedoruk recieve their awards from Brenda Lewis and Delegate Haven Shoemaker.
Second Place Winners.
We Spell McDaniel, Second Place Winners
Well done! Laurel Pogue, Marya Kuratova, Rose Sparks and Jackie White battled to the very end.
Third Place Winners.
Spine Crackers, Third Place Winners
Bridgette Bowlin, Tammie Harris and Ester-Marie Emslie had a great time capturing third place.
As has been the custom, prior to the competition a delicious meal was served by Kountry Kafe and Catering with yummy desserts from Stone House Cakery and Cafe. Music during dinner was performed by the talented Herb Sell.

Many thank you's are extended to our community volunteers who every year make the Bee run smoothly:
Sheriff Jim DeWees, the emcee
The Honorable Judge Fred Hecker, the pronouncer
Attorney At Law Richard Titus, the judge
Maddie Luchini, the time keeper
Librarian, Lisa Picker, supplier of the word list

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to our major sponsors for all they do and all they contribute:
Penguin Random House
Giant
Antrim
Wegmans

Look forward to seeing you next year!

 

The Well Fought 19th Annual Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Before the battle of the spellers began this evening, we enjoyed some moments with our returning friends and supporters that we see each year. While chatting, participants and guests had a chance to buy a raffle ticket to 5 overflowing baskets: The BBQ, The Pamper, Baker Bee, The Dinner Out and The Orioles, and a chance to browse the free books donated by Penguin Random House.

 

  • The 5 raffle baskets created quite an interest.The 5 raffle baskets created quite an interest.
  • Filling a bag with books seemed not to be a problem.Filling a bag with books seemed not to be a problem.
  • The Carroll County Public Library team, last year's winners, got ready to defend.The Carroll County Public Library team, last year's winners, got ready to defend their title.
  • Werd Nerdz drove south from North Carroll Middle.Werd Nerdz drove south from North Carroll Middle School.
  • The McDaniel team enjoyed time before the competition begins.The McDaniel team enjoyed time before the competition began.
  • One of the three teams from Penguin Random House, the Spellerellas, were sparkling in theirs tierras.One of the three teams from Penguin Random House, the Spellerellas, were sparkling in theirs tierras.
  • The Historical Spellers, a first time team, was ever confident.The Historical Spellers, a first time team, was ever confident.
  • Dan and Jason from the Literacy Council have always enjoyed the Spelling Bee.Dan and Jason from the Literacy Council have always enjoyed the Spelling Bee.
  • Ronnie Bohn explained to her friend the rules of the Spelling Bee. Ronnie Bohn explained to her friend the rules of the Spelling Bee.

 

Dinner served by Kountry Kitchen was delicious.
Dinner served by Kountry Kitchen was delicious.
Well done, Tom and associates. Thank you.
Herb Sell entertained throughout dinner.
Herb Sell entertained throughout dinner with his delightful style.
Thank you.

 

A word of thanks to those people in the community who helped make this years competition one to remember.

 

Emcee: Jim DeWees, Carroll County Sheriff Score Keeper: Anita Wilcox
Pronouncer: The Honorable Richard Titus, Circuit Court Judge Time Keeper: Brett Lewis
Judge: Lisa Picker, Carroll County Public Library Word List: Jillian Dittrich, Carroll County Public Library

 

The competition began evenly with all teams scoring points in the first round. By the second and third rounds, the Superu Spellers from Carroll County Library and The Didactidactyis from Carroll Community College were tied for first place with 7 points. With points doubling in the fourth and fifth rounds, scores can change dramatically. At the end of the Bee there was need of a Spell Off as 2 teams were tied for third place, the Historical Spellers and the Superu Spellers. After seven tries, the Historical Spellers won with the word "schussboomer", a skiing word.

AND THE WINNERS ARE*****

The Historical Spellers, Third Place
The Historical Spellers, Third Place
 
The Werd Nerdz, Second Place
The Werd Nerdz, Second Place
AND THE FIRST PLACE WINNER IS *****
After defending against 2 attacks and winning with 10 more points than any other team
From the accounting department of Penguin Random House
The Spellerellas

The Spellerellas

 

A final word of thanks to our sponsors.
Our business sponsors are interested in our community and we ask that you remember them when you shop or need services.
Our individual sponsors also are interested in our community and we ask you to say "Hi" when you meet them around town.
Edie Haschert GiantJohannsson's Restaurant
J and G Liquors Maggie's RestaurantRun Moore
O'Lordan's Restaurant Penguin Random HousePizza Hut
Velnoskey Wealth Management Wegman's 

 

 

18th Annual Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, April 27, 2017

What a great time was had by all. The food from Stonehouse Cakery and Cafe was wonderfully good, the donation of 10 Pizza Hut pizzas for the winning Trivia halftime team was a nice reward and the competition was fiercely friendly.

Our First Place Team from Carroll County Library, Spell L-I-B-R-A-R-Y , was gracious in claiming their trophy presented by Delegate Haven Shoemaker. We look forward to their return in 2018 as the returning champion. Congratulations, Captain Krystel Padilla and team members, Mark Foley, Lana Montgomery and Joe Thompson.

Our Second Place Team from Carroll Community College, The Didactidactyls , who won in 2016 is looking forward to the challenge of 2018.

We look forward to welcoming back all of our teams.

A huge Thank You to our sponsors without whom this annual fundraiser would not be possible.

Penguin Random Giant FoodWegman's
Pizza HutEdie HaschertVelnoskey Wealth Management Group
O'Lourdan'sRafael'sParadiso
Johannson'sGiulianovaRock Salt
Maggie's
Seen at this year's Bee:

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.

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 Bowling accepts the third place trophy for We Spell McDaniel.
Summer Bowling 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.