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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Princess Anne teen heading to National Spelling Bee

PRINCESS ANNE — Erin Welch, the winner of the 2017 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, is heading to Washington, D.C., this Sunday, May 28 to represent Maryland’s four Lower Shore counties in the 2017 Scripps National Bee.

She will be speller #24 and will be among the first on stage Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., May 31 to try and spell a qualifying word.

The preliminaries on Wednesday the 31st are streamed live on ESPN3. The finals starting 10 a.m. Thursday, June 1 are live on ESPN2 and continue 8:30 p.m. live on ESPN. Spellers can be tracked at There is also and

On her fourth try at UMES the eighth-grader who attends St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Salisbury defeated 26 other competitors during the regional event held in March. The 13-year-old was twice before a runner-up. Her “championship” word was “solvency” and her closest competitor was a fifth grader from Pemberton Elementary School in Salisbury, Isabel Mena.



Rebel Without a Clue said...

They should ask her to spell "D'Aquon" or "Lemonjello". That'll get her!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and good luck!

Penguins rock!!

Anonymous said...

we need to celebrate local kids' successes more often.
Erin, your community is very proud of you.
Way to go and best of luck!

Anonymous said...

2:20 I totally agree. Went to Parkside Senior Awards last night. The event itself wasn't well planned. Not very organized but the seniors have been given over 4 million in scholarship money. Way to go RAMS.

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Anonymous said...

Half of the kids in Wicomico County Schools can't spell the word cat. Even if you spotted them the C and the T.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to a fine young lady. Go Girl!!!!