Our Hive

The emcee for our Grown-Up Spelling Bee this year is Kathleen Matthews. In addition to being a Montgomery County resident, Kathleen Matthews is the former chief communications and public affairs officer for hotel company Marriott International. Prior to joining Marriott International, she was a reporter for 25 years at WJLA-TV.

Matthews is joined by more local celebrities:


  • Dr. Robin C. Barr, Linguist-in-Residence, American University, Washington DC


  • Michael Bobbitt, Adventure Theater

Celebrity Judges

  • Jud Ashman, Mayor of Gaithersburg
  • Marilyn Balcombe, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce
  • Shebra Evans, District 4 representative on the Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland



Congrats to Social &Scientific Systems, Inc.: the winner of the 2016 Grown-Up Spelling Bee!

2016 Teams


Social & Scientific Systems: Nancy Leopold, Cyndi Ritz, Amy Mhatre-Owens

Adventist HealthCare team BEEHIVE: Eme Martin, Donna Scott, Michaela Gramzinski

Burness team BEE AGGRESSIVES: Katy Lenard, Dan Klotz, Andy Burness

Montgomery College team MC ACE’s Angels: Carroll Rollman, Carol Rognrud, Colleen Dolak

Eureka Facts: Rick Arnold, Cecilia Teal, Alison Wurzel

Holy Cross Health, represented by: Chelsea Soneira, Kim Jones, Casey Anderson

Pepco team POWER GRID BEES: Susan Power, Eric Allie, Tanjua Washingto


2017 Sponsors