F-U-N! Third Annual Community Spelling Bee to Raise Funds for NHS Academics
Are you a good speller? Do you want to raise money to help Newport High School students become good spellers, and scientists, and writers, and photographers, and mathematicians?
Teams are now being formed for the third annual Newport Community Spelling Bee, to be held on Sunday, October 14 at 7 pm at the Newport campus of Oregon Coast Community College. The reigning champions for two years running, the Bibliophiles of the Newport Public Library, will return to defend their title.
“The library team will be hard to beat, but there seems to be a movement afoot to dethrone them,” said event organizer Nancy Steinberg.
“But all teams are guaranteed a good time, and will raise money for a great cause,” she added.
Three- and four-person teams from local businesses and other organizations will work together to spell the words presented by the “pronouncer” on a dry-erase board. A pair of judges will then determine which teams have spelled the words correctly and which will be eliminated. Eliminated teams have the option of “bribing” their way back into the competition with an additional cash donation. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, and to the audience member who spells the most words correctly.
The pronouncer for the event this year will be Don McDonald, retired Principal from the Eddyville School, now the Coordinator for Partnership Against Alcohol & Drug Abuse (PAADA). Real-life Lincoln County judges Sheryl Bachart and Paulette Sanders will preside over the proceedings for a third year as judges.
The winning team’s name will be added to a custom plaque adorned with a glass bee created by Newport artist Katy LaReau. In addition, the winners will receive a large gift basket filled with a range of donated prizes, including gift certificates and locally-made honey.
The registration fee for each team is $200, with proceeds benefitting Newport High School Funding Academics Now! (NHS FAN!), a group formed to raise funds to support academic programs and projects at Newport High School. NHS FAN! has supported student exam fees and classroom needs ranging from journals for English classes to lab equipment for science classes.
The event is open to the public, and spectators are encouraged to participate in a variety of ways. Steinberg noted, “We hope people will register a team, or just come and cheer on the spellers and make a donation to NHS FAN.”
For more information or to register a team, contact Steinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Annable at email@example.com.