Sat, Apr 20, 2013
Educational Systems Federal Credit Union sponsored the 2013 Annual Prince George's County Spelling Bee and presented the championship trophy to one lucky winner on Friday, March 15. Held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, the event saw 25 finalists from around the county compete against one another late into the night.
The audience watched as the group of finalists completed 28 rounds, a number not previously reached in the 13 year history of the Spelling Bee, before Gabriela Rodriguez, a 13-year old eighth grader from Accokeek Center for Homeschooling was crowned the winner. Each of the contestants who were selected as finalists this year were winners from their respective schools.
“We are proud to sponsor the Annual Prince George's Spelling Bee and support education," commented Chris Conway, President/CEO of Educational Systems FCU. “We congratulate Gabriela on her success, and look forward to cheering her on at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition in May."
"Seeing the difficulty of the words these kids were spelling made the competition all the more impressive," said Victoria U. Samuels, Vice President of Community Relations for Educational Systems FCU. "Each student went through very competitive rounds at their school to reach the finalists stage of the Annual Spelling Bee, and their extraordinary spelling talent amazed us all."
As the 2013 winner, Gabriela Rodriguez will represent Prince George's County and have her hotel and transportation paid to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee held May 28-30 at the National Harbor, Washington D.C.
Educational Systems FCU is headquartered in Greenbelt, MD, is $750 million in assets and serves over 90,000 members in six Maryland counties with 11 branches. Educational Systems FCU provides financial services to the education communities in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Talbot counties.