The 2015 Frederick County Spelling Bee was held at the Jack B. Kussmaul (JBK) Theater at Frederick Community College on March 14, 2015 at 1:30pm. The winner of the 2015 Frederick County Spelling Bee, Selomi Dayaprema, will continue on her quest for spelling glory at the nationally televised 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
2015 Frederick County Spelling Bee
Thirty-six students battled to be the top speller at the 2015 Frederick County Spelling Bee. When the Bee finally ended in the 16th round, Selomi Dayaprema, a seventh grader at Urbana Middle School, walked away the winner of the county's eighth annual bee. Rabia Lee, a seventh grader at Frederick Classical Charter School, took second place in the event.
Lee exited the bee on the word "railroadiana." Dayaprema's winning word was "embalmment." Dayaprema will now move on to represent Frederick County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC from May 24 - May 30. Dayaprema will join other students from across the United States and around the world in competing in this prestigious 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 at National Harbor, MD.
Dayaprema's Spelling Bee prize includes hotel accommodations and $1,000 to cover transportation and other expenses. Lee won a $500 cash prize for her second place win. Also included in the event prizes are a Webster's Third New International Dictionary awarded to Dayaprema and a Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition for the runner-up. Both of these prizes were awarded by Merriam-Webster. Mylz Hahn, an eighth grader at Brunswick Middle School, won $100 for finishing third.
Congratulations to all our spellers and especially to Selomi Dayaprema! We are excited to have you represent Frederick County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee!
Check back this fall for information on how to participate in the 2016 Frederick County Spelling Bee.
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