... Sixth Annual Spelling Bee ends unsuccessfully for us
As we do every year, we (my teammates on the Council on Aging team, Barbara Sullivan and Katie Joyce) entered the Sixth Annual Spelling Bee on March 11 determined to improve our record (0-5).
Members of the Council on Aging team, "Bees in our Bonnets", are ready for the competition.
It was a cold, rainy Saturday night but Memorial Hall was nearly filled with spectators. Big, fat paper bumblebees floated above each table and mini spelling bees could be overheard as contestants quizzed each other in last minute panic. Every year there are a few more teams entered; this year there were 35 teams with 3 members each for a total of 105 "expert" (at least in their own minds) spellers.
But 102 other contestants had the same problem with equally difficult words and went down to defeat, leaving the team called Spelling Bee-bees to claim the Bee-baskets as the winners. Representing the Beebe Elementary School were Suzanne Guirakhoo, Teresa Scioletti, and Barbara Krol-Sinclair who were sponsored by Pauli's Restaurant. The winning word was "fraise," meaning a defensive barrier of inclined pointed stakes or barbed wire.
As I have said before, I am fascinated by the mentality of the spelling bee-ers. They all go in intending and believing that they will win. The majority go down to defeat, and as they are walking off the stage, they all say, "I'll be back next year."