Adult Bee teams put their ‘spells’ on dis­play at event

Event ben­e­fits WRUS

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

CENTREVILLE — The word chthonic as de­fined in Web­ster’s dic­tio­nary is an ad­jec­tive mean­ing “of or re­lat­ing to the un­der­world,” but on Thurs­day, Oct. 20, the word meant team Wanna Bees was the win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Adult Spell­ing Bee held at the Wye River Up­per School.

Mem­bers of the win­ning team, spon­sored by the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Board of Trustees, in­cluded: Ray As­cione, Jim Camp­bell and Kathy Killeen.

Though the Wanna Bees were the of­fi­cial win­ners, drama struck when the judges an­nounced the Wanna Bees had mis­spelled a word when it erased a let­ter be­fore show­ing it to the judges but left a space in the mid­dle of the word. Though the Wanna Bees did spell it cor­rectly, the judges de­ter­mined the space caused the word to be in­cor­rect.

In kind fash­ion, the Au­to­cor­rec­tors said they didn’t want to win on a tech­ni­cal­ity and con­tin­ued the spell-off where each team awed the au­di­ence with their grasp on spell­ing.

The cafe­te­ria of the old ar­mory was filled with some 60 spec­ta­tors as teams of three at­tempted to spell words cor­rectly on stage. The event, which was free to the pub­lic, raised more than $1,900 to ben­e­fit the li­brary sys­tem’s pro­grams and ser­vices from the 10 teams that par­tic­i­pated.

Be­fore team Wanna Bees and team Au­to­cor­rec­tors went head-to-head in a 28-word fi­nal round spell off, mul­ti­ple rounds were held prior to de­ter­mine who would make the fi­nals.

The 10 teams com­pet­ing in­cluded: the Au­to­cor­rec­tors, spon­sored by the Gun­ston School; Book Bees, spon­sored by the Li­brary Books in Bars Dis­cus­sion Group; Cen­tER­ville Town Clown-cil, spon­sored by the Town of Centreville; Ed­die and the Miz Spell­ers, spon­sored by the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Centreville Li­brary; Rockin Ro­tar­i­ans, spon­sored by the Centreville Ro­tary; Ser­vice above Spell­ing, spon­sored by the Centreville Ro­tary; Spell­bound Sis­ters, spon­sored by the Kent Is­land Yacht Club Book Club; Spell­cast­ers of “Bee” Long Point Road, spon­sored by the Long Point Road Book Club; Sym­phony Vil­lage Queen Bees, spon­sored by the Sym­phony Vil­lage Outreach; and the Wanna Bees, spon­sored by the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Board of Trustees.

Teams waited along the wall for their turn on stage to cor­rectly spell the an­nounced word, given by Bee Keeper and Em­cee Chris Rogers. De­pend­ing the pre­lim­i­nary round, two or three teams faced the au­di­ence, hud­dled around in­di­vid­ual ta­bles with a white board to write on and had 30 sec­onds to make an at­tempt. Once a team mis­spelled a word, it was elim­i­nated from the com­pe­ti­tion.

The win­ners of the first rounds were the Spell­bound Sis­ters, the Wanna Bees, the Au­to­cor­rec­tors and the Book Bees.

While the teams at­tempted the words, a pro­jec­tion­ist cast the cor­rect spell­ing on the wall for the au­di­ence, not the par­tic­i­pants, to see. In the pro­gram given to ev­ery­one who at­tended was a sec­tion for at­ten­dees to play as well, though not for the prize of brag­ging rights and rib­bons.

The com­pe­ti­tion was judged by Scott MacGlashan, Jonathan McCol­lum and Elaine O’Neal and was co­or­di­nated by the plan­ning com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of Kim Bak­larz, Barbi Bedell, Mary Jack­son, Linda Schuer­holz and John Walden.

For in­for­ma­tion about Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary, visit its web­site at www.friend­sofqa­cli­brary.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Wanna Bees, spon­sored by the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Board of Trustees, in­cluded, from left, Ray As­cione, Kathy Killeen and Jim Camp­bell.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Team Au­to­cor­rec­tors, con­sist­ing of Mark Wien­ing, Jon Mellinger and Woody Granger, spell against the Wanna Bees, con­sist­ing of Ray As­cione, Jim Camp­bell and Kathy Killeen, in the fi­nal round of the first-ever adult spell­ing bee on Thurs­day, Oct. 20, at Wye River Up­per School.

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