The BEE-lievers team from First United Methodist Church overcame an error on cinematographer, corrected the Teacher Bees’ error on quizzical, and then correctly spelled anthropology to win the 20th Annual Spelling Bee for Literacy Thursday. President Randy Duke presented the trophy to the winning team of Sue Green, Susan Laster and Deborah Betterton.
The event is held annually at the Gilmer Civic Center, with Bodacious Barbeque catering the event with the assistance of members of the Upshur County Extension Educators.
In the smallest field in the history of the Spelling Bee, the Teacher Bees did not go home empty-handed, as the loud cheers by Ben Turner and Emily Williams earned them the Spirit Stick.
The Teacher Bees were sponsored by Henry Troell State Farm Insurance. Criss Bartley, Carolyn Williams, and Allison Logan spelled for the Teacher Bees.
The first team to go down was the Junior Bank Board Baby Bees, representing First National Bank. The word which stumped them was exoskeleton.
The Gilmer High team, which was sponsored by Croley Funeral Home, went out on aborigine.
When first confronted with the word describing the person who films a movie, Susan Laster spelled cinematographer with an “or” which she instantly corrected, but the first try counts. However, her team got a second chance when the Teacher Bees goofed on their next word.
Mike Aldredge took away the NASCAR tickets at Lone Star Motor Speedway with a winning bid of $225 per ticket. Aldredge frequently is a leading contributor through the auction and his bids on silent auction items.