Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, third-place winner Robert Foster, winner Margaret Isacson, second-place winner Jude Martin and Tracye Funn from Washington Gas during the awards ceremony after the bee (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

Two D.C.-area students were among the nearly 300 competitors in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last month at National Harbor.

Prior to her participation in the national contest, Kelly Han, 14, took home the first-place honor in the Prince George’s County Spelling Bee, held at the University of Maryland in March.

Kelly, a student at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland, outlasted 21 of her peers to reign supreme after correctly spelling “gesundheit,” a German word used to wish good health to a person who’s just sneezed.

Margaret Isacson, 12, an 8th-grader at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Northwest, previously competed in the Citywide Spelling Bee, held in March at the NBC studios. She vied against 28 students to correctly spell the winning word, which also qualified her for the Scripps bee.

“I was really shocked about getting into the Scripps bee because it’s really hard to get into,” Margaret said. “I participated in some of the national rounds, but I didn’t quite make it to the finals after not getting enough points.”

Although she’s eligible to participate in next year’s Scripps contest, Margaret said she’ll bypass it.

“It’s a lot of work, and with all the school work I expect to have I don’t think I’ll have enough time for it,” she said.

Free Summer Meals

Prince George’s County Public Schools will provide free meals to its students under age 18 in low-income areas.

The meals, under sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program, are also extended to students’ siblings and other non-PGCPS students. Locations, dates, times and meal services are below. For more information, call 301-952-6580.

Elementary School Sites (through Aug. 24 – Monday-Thursday)

Breakfast – 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Carrollton (New Carrollton)
Chillum (Hyattsville)
Edward M. Felegy (Hyattsville)
Gladys Noon Spellman (Cheverly)
Judge Sylvania W. Woods (Glenarden)
Langley Park-McCormick (Hyattsville)
Lewisdale (Hyattsville)
Rogers Heights (Bladensburg)
Rosa L. Parks (Hyattsville)
Seat Pleasant (Capitol Heights)
Templeton (Riverdale)

Apartment Site Breakfast and Lunch Dates
Auburn Manor Apts. (Riverdale) 12:30-1 p.m., through Aug. 18
Carriage Hill Apts. (Hillcrest Heights) noon-1 p.m., July 5-Aug. 18
City Gate-Henson Creek Manor Apts. (Fort Washington) 9:10-9:30 a.m. 12:30-1 p.m., June 26-July 28
City Gate-Overland Garden Apts. (Landover) 9:30-10 a.m. 12:30-1:15 p.m. June 26-Aug. 18
Magic Johnson Empowerment Center@Autumn Woods Apts. (Bladensburg)* 8:50-9:15 a.m.,12-12:30 p.m., June 26-Aug. 4
Oxon Hill Village Apts. – Summer Camp 8-8:30 a.m., 12-12:45 p.m., June 26-Aug. 18
Penn Mar Apts. (Forestville) 10-10:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m., June 21-Aug. 18
Powder Mill Village Apts. (Beltsville) noon-12:45 p.m., June 26-Aug. 18
Southview Apts. (Oxon Hill) 1:30-2 p.m., June 19-Aug. 18
University Garden Apts. (Adelphi) noon-12:30 p.m., June 26-Aug. 18
Woodland Springs Apts. – Summer Camp (District Heights) 9-9:30 a.m., ​noon-1 p.m., June 26-Aug. 18
*Open Monday-Thursday

Prince George’s County Memorial Library Sites
Through Aug. 18, Monday-Friday
Lunch only; times vary by site
Site Lunch
Beltsville 1:30-2 p.m.
Oxon Hill 12:30-1 p.m.
Spauldings (District Heights) 1-1:45 p.m.
Surrattsville-Clinton 12:30-1 p.m.

Dreamers Academy Participant

For 10 years, the Disney Dreamers Academy has been making a difference in the lives of young people by providing life changing opportunities.

Jayden Schexnayder, a 10th-grader at Bowie High School, is one of seven D.C.-area students who participated this spring in the 2017 academy. He also is among 100 students nationwide selected for the academy, which features Steve Harvey and Essence magazine as co-sponsors.

The program brought students to the Walt Disney resort in Orlando, Fla., for an all-expenses-paid, four-day trip, where they engaged in networking opportunities as well as immersive experiences and workshop sessions on a variety of educational and career topics.

Jayden would like to attend Cornell University in New York or the University of California at Los Angeles on a full scholarship.

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