School of the Incarnation seventh-grader wins countywide spelling bee

School of the Incarnation seventh-grader Isabelle Simmons outlasted 30 other spellers to win the 26th annual Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee and earn a trip to the national competition later this year.

She correctly spelled the word “infinitesimal” in the 12th round to win the title.

Campbell Jones of Severna Park Middle School finished second in the bee, and four spellers — Alyssa Hall of Annapolis Area Christian Middle School, Eelaaf Zahid of Annapolis Middle School, Becca Hewitt of Arundel Middle School and Madison Williams of George Fox Middle School — tied for third.

Simmons, whose sister Olivia won the 2012 county bee and finished second last year, will represent Anne Arundel County at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

All of spellers in the county bee received a prize bag that contains assorted items, a commemorative poster, a certificate and a $25 gift card from the 21st Century Education Foundation. The top three finishers each received trophies and additional cash prizes.

Simmons also won a one-year subscription to the Britannica Online for Kids, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and a Samuel Louis Sugarman Award certificate and savings bond donated by Jay Sugarman in honor of his father, a lifelong advocate of education.

Jones also received a Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary donated by Merriam-Webster.

The bee sponsors were the Josephine B. Scheffenacker Education Trust, Capital-Gazette Communications, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union, SHW Group, Clear Edge IT Solutions, Daly Computers and Hair Cuttery.

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