2013 Spelling Bee - A Champion is Crowned

From left to right: Geordie Wilson, Publisher, The Frederick News-Post, Jared Remsberg, Vineet Ravichandran, Richard A. Davies, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Frederick County Bank.

The sixth annual Frederick County Spelling Bee Championship was held on February 23 at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. Open to students through eighth grade, the event pitted thirty elementary and middle school students against each other with words like “pochismo,” “hibachi,” and “abdicate.”

The winner of this year’s Frederick County Bee was Jared Remsberg, a seventh grader at Brunswick Middle School. Jared’s winning word was “umlaut.” The win advances Jared to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 26 – June 1 to be held near Washington, DC. Jared will join other students across the United States in competing in this prestigious national event. The event is not all work; area tours are available and participants are treated to a Memorial Day Barbecue, an awards banquet, and a farewell party–all within the comfort of the Gaylord National Hotel and Resort Center, National Harbor, MD.

The Frederick County Spelling Bee is sponsored by The Frederick News-Post, Frederick County Bank, and the Frederick County Public Libraries. Due to generous sponsorship, the winner will receive lodging and transportation to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and spending money to defray expenses. Also included in the event prizes is a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary awarded to Jared and a Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition for the runner-up, Vineet Ravichandran, a fourth grader at Walkersville Elementary School. Both of these prizes were awarded by Merriam-Webster.