What: The ninth annual Howard County Library System Spelling Bee, which is registered with Scripps National as an official regional bee.
When: Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m.
Where: Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road.
Contestants: Fourth- through eighth-grade students enrolled in public and private schools as well as homeschool associations who have qualified. Sixty-three students expected to compete.
At stake: The first place winner receives a trophy (as does his/her school), a $1,000 college scholarship, and the opportunity to represent Howard County in the National Spelling Bee, all expenses paid.
Defending champion: Jack Nolan, who won his second bee (he was 2009 champion), is no longer is eligible.
Last year's winning word: kudize.
Pronouncer: Ellen Giles, Howard County Board of Education; Emcee: Richard Story, JPB Partners; Head Judge: Courtney Watson, Howard County Council; Dictionary Judge: Richard Alexander, Howard County Library System board of trustees; Appeals Judge: Cindy Ardinger, Friends of Howard County Library; Rounds and Records Judge: Ira Levy, Howard County government; Rounds and Records Official: Tom Munns, Howard County Library System board of trustees; Timekeeper: Holly Johnson, Howard County Library System.
Source: Howard County Library System