Spellers in the Pink at Sip & Spell

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By VINCE REMBULAT The Bul­letin

The Pink Ladies took home the tro­phy at Thurs­day’s “Sip & Spell” — oth­er­wise known as the adult Spelling Bee of the Great Val­ley Book­fest.

Last year, the duo of Re­becca Ray and Jen­nifer Mills fin­ished runner-

up at the event held at Del­i­cato Fam­ily Win­ery.

“We re­lied on our good ed­u­ca­tion,” said Mills on the se­cret of their suc­cess.

They cor­rectly spelled “dra­pant” along with “chrestomathy,” “fil­ipen­du­lous” and “pul­chri­tude” while sip­ping on glasses of wine

Ditto that for the Silly Spellers team of Lau­rin Sephos, Diane Went­worth, and Cathie Kavanaugh — thanks to bat­tling it out with the Bee Witches to a best-ofthree row-sham-bow — took sec­ond place.

They cor­rectly spelled words such as “ha­giog­ra­pher” and “fe­lic­i­ta­tions,” to name a few.

The Bee Witches were made up of Diane Car­na­han, Stephanie Gase and Cres­cen­tia Thomas of the Teach­ers Col­lege of San Joaquin. They were given words such as “cat­er­waul­ing,” “phos­pho­res­cent” and “es­qua­mu­lose.”

The hus­band and wife team of Ja­son and Tammy Thorn­ton made up the High­way to Spell team.

They had the chal­lenge of hav­ing to spell “glis­sando” and “slantindic­u­lar” in the later rounds.

The words were taken from Web­ster’s Third New In­ter­na­tional Dic­tio­nary, with San Joaquin County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion’s As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Jane Stienkamp serv­ing as the spell mis­tress.

An­nie Cu­nial, who is SJCOE’s co­or­di­na­tor of stu­dent events and ac­tiv­i­ties — she’s also on the GV Book­fest Com­mit­tee — was in charge of the third an­nual “Sip & Spell.”

Pro­ceeds from this “friend raiser,” ac­cord­ing to Cu­nial, went to the Sierra High Class of 2018 Sober Grad­u­a­tion.

Teams were pro­vided with an as­sort­ment of life­lines on mis­spelled words.

They could buy their way back in — $20 for the first three rounds, $30 af­ter that — buy 20 sec­onds on use of their cell­phones, or ask to call a friend.

In ad­di­tion, they had the op­tion of pick­ing a word from the bas­ket and us­ing that word in a song.

The Bee Witches, for ex­am­ple, per­formed Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Wo­man” af­ter pulling out the word “wo­man.”

To con­tact re­porter Vince Rembulat, e-mail vrem­bu­lat@man­te­cab­ul­letin.com.

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