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Seventh-grader wins countywide spelling bee

School of the Incarnation seventh-grader Isabelle Simmons outlasted 30 other spellers last week 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.

College hosts middle, high school career expo

The 21st Century Education Foundation, in partnership with Anne Arundel Community College, will sponsor its seventh annual Career Expo on March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Jenkins Gymnasium on the college's Arnold campus.

The expo will offer middle and high school students the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from local businesses about career opportunities, as well as learn about related courses that they can take to pursue specific career paths. The event is free.

Anne Arundel Community College advisers from a variety of departments will be available to talk with students about ways to prepare for their futures. Workshops with information about applying for college, preparing for success in college, getting a security clearance, and working in the public sector will also be offered.

The high school with the highest percentage of students in attendance will receive $500 from the 21st Century Education Foundation to support its signature program. In addition, the high school teacher with the highest number of students in attendance will receive $500 to support his or her instructional programs and initiatives.

For details, students or parents may contact Anne Arundel County Public Schools' Development Office at 410-222-5370, or send email to 21stCentury.EdFnd@aacps.org.

Monarch holds meet and greets with new principal

Monarch Global Academy Public Contract School, opening next school year in the Maryland City area, is holding a meet-and-greet session with its new principal, Donna O'Shea, on Thursday, March 6, at the Monarch Academy in Glen Burnie. Transportation will be provided at 5:15 p.m. from Resurrection Catholic Church on Brock Bridge Road in Laurel.

O'Shea was named principal of the new school earlier this year. For more information on the Monarch school, or to apply for enrollment, go to monarch-academy.org/monarch-global.

—Sara Toth, Baltimore Sun Media Group

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