County Council


Prince George's County, Maryland

COUNCIL CHAIRMAN MEL FRANKLIN RECOGNIZES TAMYA MATTHEWS AS THE 2014 PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY SPELLING BEE CHAMPION


For Immediate Release: 6/27/2014 2:00 PM

Contact: Gillie Haynes 301-952-5949 CouncilMedia@co.pg.md.us

Seventh Grader the Winner of the County’s Spelling Bee
 
Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D) - District 9, is proud to recognize Prince George’s County Spelling Bee Champion, 12-year-old Tamya Matthews, as a participant in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held at National Harbor May 28-29, 2014.
 
A seventh-grader at Mount Calvary Catholic School in Forestville, Tamya won the Prince George’s County Spelling Bee on March 12.   Following the County competition, Tamya came close to competing in the semifinals, tying for 47th place and just missing out on a spot as one of the top 46 spellers to advance to the semifinals. 
Chairman Franklin says it is an amazing achievement.  “Tamya has shown initiative and drive during a period of time when most people will allow technology to do the spelling for them. She is an example for every young person that studying and developing a real command of words can last a lifetime. Tamya represented Prince George’s County well. We are extremely proud of her.”
The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie between Sriram Hathwar, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., and Ansun Sujoe, 13, of Fort Worth, Texas. This was the first time since 1962 that the national spelling bee ended in a tie.
 
 
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