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Six teams compete in annual community spelling bee

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Sep 19, 2019 at 2:07 PM

Can you spell apocryphal and bourgeousie? How about haberdashery or galleon? If you can, then you are in good company.

On Tuesday, six teams competed in the fifth annual Community Spelling Bee hosted by the Norwalk Area United Fund.

This year the bee was at Main Street Intermediate School, which had two teams in the competition, fifth-graders and sixth-graders, and both did very well. Between the two teams, they spelled such words as garbanzo, zodiac, espionage and medicinal.

The other participating teams were: Firelands Federal Credit Union, St. Paul Catholic Church, Huron County Chamber of Commerce and the Norwalk Reflector.

“The teams did a great job,” said spelling bee coordinator Amy Little, a United Fund board member. “They were so prepared for this year’s competition that I had to find more words for them to spell to find a winner.”

The competition went 23 rounds and more than 90 words in all. It was all for charity and everyone on each of the six teams (up to three members each) said they had a great time.

Unlike normal spelling bees, the teams could confer with one another on the correct spelling before they gave their answer. They also had two lifelines to use during the competition to help them out. This year’s lifeline was Monsignor Ken Morman.

“I picked him to be the lifeline this year because the past two years I had a very hard time finding any words that he didn’t know,” Little said.

The St. Paul won the competition last year and this year, even with without Morman on their team, they won again. Kate McKinney and Je Sanders prevailed over the Reflector team by spelling words such as orangutan, acquiesce, and bourgeoisie. The Reflector’s team of Cary Ashby, Stacey Hartley and Ron Simpson had a great day and came in second with words such as innocuous, apocryphal and panache.

The other prize went to the team that raised the most money for the United Fund literacy programs in the community. That accolade went to Firelands Federal Credit Union for the second year in a row. The team of Nicole Jones, Brett Montague and Ashley Smith raised $940.

“Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s bee. Remember, literacy is an incredibly important aspect of future success. Read to or with your children and grandchildren just 20 minutes a day to increase their literacy skills and language fluency,” Little said.

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