Queen Bees win brag­ging rights

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @mike_k­ibay­times.

CENTREVILLE — Both teams in the fi­nal round of the Friends of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Adult Spell­ing Bee might not have heard the word “chronom­e­try” clearly, but one team got the nod from the judges and won the sec­ond annual event.

The Queen Bees, made up of Sym­phony Vil­lage res­i­dents Eleanor Stri­et­man, Marge Strano and Wil­lie DiLaura, were named cham­pi­ons of the com­mu­nity event.

In groups of three, seated in the gym­na­sium of Wye River Upper School sur­round­ing a ta­ble filled with notepads, pens and a white board, team mem­bers tried to spell words Thurs­day, Oct. 19, all to help fund and sup­port li­brary pro­grams and ini­tia­tives.

Latke, con­scious, balustrade, aux­il­iary, an­ni­hi­late, mas­quer­ade, mi­lieu, an­te­dilu­vian, face­tious, cologne, ram­bunc­tious, ren­dezvous and phos­pho­res­cence — all words read aloud by Katheleen Wil­son, Bee Keeper at the sec­ond annual Friends of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Adult Spell­ing Bee in front of a crowd of more than 50.

The teams, three on the stage at a time in a spell-off, had 30 sec­onds to cor­rectly spell the an­nounced word. When the time had elapsed and the words were writ­ten on the white boards, the judges — Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann, Queen Anne’s County State’s At­tor­ney Lance Richard­son and Kent Nar­rows De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Gigi Windley — would turn their ping-pong pad­dles, red on one side and green on the op­po­site, in­di­cat­ing if the spellings were cor­rect or not.

The nine teams that com­peted in­cluded: the Gun­ston Au­to­cor­rec­tors, rep­re­sent­ing Gun­ston School; Ser­vice Above Spell­ing, rep­re­sent­ing the Centreville Ro­tary Club; Fel­lows HelfenBEE and New­nam, rep­re­sent­ing Fel­lows Helfen­bein and New­nam Fu­neral Home; Groave Creke Speler’s, rep­re­sent­ing Happy Hens; Queen Bees, rep­re­sent­ing Sym­phony Vil­lage; Mighty Mariners, rep­re­sent­ing Mat­a­peake Ele­men­tary School; The Covfe­fes, rep­re­sent­ing the Centreville Li­brary; Honor­able? Men­tion, rep­re­sent­ing the Centreville Town Coun­cil; and the Wanna Bees, rep­re­sent­ing the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Board of Trus­tees.

The win­ners of the first rounds were The Covfe­fes, the Queen Bees and the Wanna Bees, with the lat­ter two com­pet­ing in the three­word fi­nal round. As Wil­son read each word, au­di­ence mem­bers with a pro­gram had the op­por­tu­nity to spell along with the com­peti­tors and were able to check the cor­rect spell­ing as Erin Neus­baum pro­jected the word onto a wall only the guests could see.

“Oohs” and “ahhs” rang from the peanut sec­tion as teams turned their boards and re­vealed their at­tempt. Loud cheers and groans, smiles and se­ri­ous faces, ac­com­pa­nied by ev­ery­thing in be­tween, made the vibe in the gym­na­sium elec­tric.

At the end of the event, raf­fle tick­ets were drawn for items placed on tables next to the en­trance and the food and bev­er­age tables.

The event co­or­di­na­tor was DeAnn Cheyne, and the plan­ning com­mit­tee was made up of Cheyne, Kim Bak­larz, Penny Lins, Beth Maier, Elaine O’Neal, Linda Schuer­holz, Kathie Smar­ick and John Walden.

Friends of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary is a non­profit mem­ber­ship or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to help­ing the Li­brary achieve its mis­sion in the county by rais­ing aware­ness and fi­nan­cial sup­port. Since its found­ing in 2014, the Friends have do­nated al­most $25,000 to the county’s li­brary sys­tem.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to be­come a mem­ber, visit Friend­sOfQACLi­brary.org.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Team Fel­lows HelfenBEE & New­nam, made up of Gary Connolly, Con­nie Connolly and Melissa Martelli, ready for the sec­ond annual Friends of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Adult Spell­ing be on Thurs­day, Oct. 19.

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