Prince George’s County’s middle school students are R-E-A-D-Y.

The 14th Annual Prince George’s County Spelling Bee is back.

Competition among the best middle school spellers in the county got underway on March 14 at the University of Maryland Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III planned to attend.

Last year, seventh-grader Gabriela Rodriguez spelled the word “brouhaha” to become the winner of the 13th annual Prince George’s County Spelling Bee.

Rodriguez went on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but was eliminated from the competition in the second round as she incorrectly spelled “zwinger” as “svinger.”

Rodriguez is part of this year’s spelling bee competitors, as well.

Last year’s spelling bee lasted nearly four hours, with 28 rounds of competitive spelling between students.

There were 25 competitors in last year’s event.


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer