(Belcamp, Maryland – August 4, 2014) The annual Literary Spelling Bee at the Harford County Farm Fair was filled with excitement for spellers and readers alike. Hosted by Harford County Public Library, 39 participants from children through adult competed in this year’s event on August 3.

Children enjoyed spelling words like “swan” from The Ugly Duckling and “chimney” from Mary Poppins. Adults were challenged with words like “marionettes” and “unparalleled.” All participants were given a Farm Fair ribbon and small prize from the Library. The first, second and third place winners were also allowed to choose a new book from the Library plus the Library mascot, Tales, was in attendance to cheer on the children and take pictures with the winners.

Winners in each category were:
Entering Kindergarten:
• First Place- Lenny Elliott
• Second Place- Julian Young
• Third Place- Shane Elliott
• Fourth Place-Mia Gutierrez
Entering Grades 1-2:
• First Place tie- Auni Parsa & Jenna Roh
• Third Place tie- Jake Jestel & Ethan Ryan
• Fourth Place- Andrew Blackburn
Entering Grades 3-4:
• First Place- Jeremy Jestel
• Second Place tie- Sophia Cramer & Andrew Fulco
• Third Place tie- Morgan Hennigan & Jaansi Parsa
Entering Grades 5-6:
• First Place tie- Mackenzie Alderson, Elizabeth Kelly & Khiyali Pillalamarri
• Fourth Place-Madelyn Phelps
Entering Grades 7-8:
• First Place- Michael Jennings
• Second Place- Samuel O’Neill
• Third Place- Isaac Leszczar
• Fourth Place- Nikki Holmes
• First Place- Betsy Wasson
• Second Place- Aravinda Pillalamarri
• Third Place- Barbara Kreamer
• Fourth Place tie- Mary Lynn Bezek & Bob Mumby

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.


Photo caption #1: Winners from the 1st and 2nd grade category at the Literary Spelling Bee pose with Tales, the Harford County Public Library mascot. Left to right: Jenna Roh and Auni Parsa (1st Place tie), Andrew Blackburn (4th Place), Jake Jestel and Ethan Ryan (3rd Place tie).

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