Adult Bee teams put their ‘spells’ on display at event
Event benefits WRUS
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.
The Wanna Bees, sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County Library Board of Trustees, included, from left, Ray Ascione, Kathy Killeen and Jim Campbell.
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.