BALTIMORE — June Keatley outspelled the scholars in her faculty, bested greater than 35 college students in Maryland, and now she is transferring on to nationals.

The 10-year-old Phoenix native now holds the coveted Maryland Sports Spelling Bee Champion title and strikes on to the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

In the twenty third spherical, she confronted off towards finalists Arianna Counsell from Roland Park Country School and 2022’s Maryland spelling bee winner, Miles Hubbert from Kent School. Keatley successful phrase, phlebotomy.

Maryland Sports Commission & Maryland Stadium Authority

From Left to Rights: 2nd Place Arianna Counsell, 1st Place June Keatley, third Place Miles Hubbert

“This was the primary time that the Maryland Sports Spelling Bee was held in particular person since 2019,” stated Graham Whaples, Project Administrator for the Maryland Sports Commission and emcee of the occasion.

“So to have the spellers again, in particular person, with their household, guardians, and faculty representatives watching them compete was an amazing factor to see and be a part of,” Whaples continued.

WMAR’s personal meteorologist, Christopher Swaim, was additionally in attendance. He was the pronouncer.

The bee represents public, personal, and homeschool establishments in areas resembling Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Kent County, and Queen Anne’s County, to call a couple of.

Keatley can be representing Maryland within the National Spelling Bee.

Congratulations June!