St. Peter’s student named Spelling Bee champ, Somers’ Jack Alcorn takes second place

St. Peter’s student named Spelling Bee champ, Somers’ Jack Alcorn takes second place

The word of the night at the March 6 Charles County Spelling Bee was “pergola.” Isabella Dia Bonsu, a seventh grader at St. Peter’s School, spelled pergola correct in the final round of the 41st annual Bee to earn the title of top speller. She will represent Charles County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee set for May 28-30.

Finishing in second place this year was Jack Alcorn, an eighth-grader from Milton M. Somers Middle School, followed by Mattawoman Middle School seventh grader Adam Alattas in third place. Alcorn also came in second place at last year’s Bee.

At the start of the final round, there were four students in the running for the champion title. Finishing in fourth place in the final round was Theodore G. Davis Middle School eighth grader Hooria Umer.

Bonsu also helped to win the overall team award for St. Peter’s. Her teammates include eighth graders Kathleen Cain and Abigail Vanasse, seventh grader Eiane Tacastacas and sixth grader Isaiah Waring. Coach of the team is Haley Potter. Bonsu received a trophy and award for her overall award win. Vic Samuels from Bee sponsor Educational Systems Federal Credit Union also presented Bonsu with a gift basket and $500 gift card.

A total of 60 middle school spellers on teams from Charles County schools, both public and private, competed at the Bee held at Piccowaxen Middle School. The national event is set for May 28-30 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor. Watch the county Bee on the Charles County Public Schools website at

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Charles County Public Schools provides 27,108 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. 

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