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Wicomico Students go National with Academics

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Gia Bautista, regional spelling bee winner (Photo: Wicomico County Public Schools) Gia Bautista, regional spelling bee winner (Photo: Wicomico County Public Schools)
SALISBURY, Md.- Wicomico County students have been putting their academic skills to use lately in competitions across the nation.

Last week, six Wicomico Destination Imagination teams from five different schools competed at the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. The Global Finals attracts more than 8,000 students a year in competitions were teams of students solve challenges together and gain leadership experience. The winners were announced Saturday night, and though no Wicomico team placed first, all had solid results.

This week, seventh-grader Gia Bautista of Wicomico Middle School will represent the Lower Shore at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C. Before reaching the national stage, Bautista first won the Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in March. Since winning the regional bee, Bautista has spent four hours daily going over study guides and practicing from word lists.

Finally, several Wicomico County students from the Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education will be traveling to Kansas City, Missouri from June 23-27 to compete in the 50th annual National SkillsUSA Championships. The students will compete in their career and technology fields against over 6,000 students from all U.S. states and three territories.

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