Good luck Gia Bautista @ the National
– (May 23, 2014) – Gia Bautista, winner of the 2014 Maryland Eastern Shore
Regional Spelling Bee, got a big send-off during lunch today at Wicomico Middle
School, where classmates wished her well at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The seventh-grader will be joined at next week’s competition
just outside Washington, D.C. by 280 other competitors from the 50 states and U.S.
territories, Department of Defense Schools in Europe as well as the Bahamas,
Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.
Gia “demonstrates true leadership and dedication
through her academic successes and all she does in the community,” Principal
Kelley Morris-Springston said. “We are beyond excited and look forward to
seeing Gia represent Wicomico Middle School in the national spelling bee!”
Gia spent four hours daily going over study guides
and practicing from word lists since winning the regional bee March 1 at the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UMES is one of 17 colleges and
universities and the lone historically black institution sponsoring a regional
winner at the 86th national bee.
The 12-year-old would like to visit the White House
while in Washington and informed spelling bee organizers she hopes to “catch a
glimpse of the president.”
Gia is among 90 first-time competitors, and 142
girls, in the event that tends to attract repeat winners in their respective
regions. Five spellers will be appearing in the national bee for the fourth
time. Gia competed in the inaugural Maryland Eastern Shore bee in 2013 but did
The competition gets under way May 27 with a
computer-based vocabulary test that gauges competitors’ knowledge of the thousands
of words they have been studying this spring in preparation.
Each of the 281 regional winners also will be given two
words to spell during preliminary rounds May 28. A misspelled word leads to
immediate elimination. Competitors who spell both their words correctly will
then be ranked according to their computer test scores.
The top 40-to-50 spellers qualify for the
semi-finals May 29, which will be aired during the afternoon on ESPN2. The
finals will be broadcast on ESPN the night of May 29.
In her profile
she submitted to national bee organizers, Gia said she prepares
for spelling competitions by eating a breakfast of pancakes, an omelet, a
banana and a glass of milk.
She plays the flute in her school’s band as well as
the piano at home and in recitals. In addition to being the Lower Shore’s top
speller, she was named to the All-Shore Band this spring.
Traveling to cultural sites is also a favorite activity
and some day she hopes to visit the Louvre in Paris to see the Mona Lisa.
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