• News Release: Buck Lodge Middle School Student Advances to National Spelling Bee

    March 23, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Buck Lodge Middle School student Kelly Han won the 2017 Prince George’s County Spelling Bee and will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in May. She will also participate in Bee Week (May 28-June 3) leading up to the national competition.


    Han’s awards include a trophy from Champion Awards, Trophies and Goods, Inc.; $500 check and gift basket from Educational Systems Federal Credit Union (ESFCU); four roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines and a Washington Informer gift bag. Additionally, the Washington Nationals will honor her on home plate during its Easter Sunday game on April 16 at Nationals Park.

    “Kelly demonstrates that hard work in school certainly pays off,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer. “Over the past four years, our district has increased its focus on literacy with the ultimate goal that all students will achieve at high levels. On behalf of Prince George’s County Public Schools, I extend our heartfelt congratulations to Kelly and wish her continued success.”

    Isha Sesay from Charles Carroll Middle School was the runner-up. She received $150 from ESFCU.

    The Washington Informer and Informer Charities hosted this year’s countywide bee, which included public, private and homeschooled students in grades six through eight. The competition was held March 17 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the University of Maryland campus. Next year’s bee will be open to fifth-graders as well.

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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. The school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.