Spelling bee spells competition and compassion
by S. Alan Reed
May 10, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Raising money for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Trigg County Middle School hosted the first-first-of-its-kind adult spelling bee at 6 p.m. on May 4 in the library.

The local literati (one of the spelling words) sponsored a total of six teams. Represented were the Relay for Life’s “Wanna-Bee’s” dressed in antennae; Trigg County School Central Office, with the “Seuss on Juice Team,”; Trigg County Elementary with “Team Tropicana Teachers”-dressed in luau attire; Trigg County Middle School “Black Eyed Bees,” dressed in fright-wigs, shades and ball caps; and finally the two-man news staff of The Cadiz Record, festooned with work clothes, braggadocio (another spelling word) and their allegedly razor-sharp wit.

Acting as emcee, Vicky Likens - with the pomp and ceremony of Alex Trebek - introduced the judges, from Trigg County High School, and volunteers who were assisted.

Admission for a team cost $100. Bribes began at $25 - though rumors abounded of other terms being negotiated for additional “official overlooking.”

And so the contest began, with each team fighting (or bribing) their way through the first three rounds.

With the fourth round, the contest grew tense. No amount of wisecracks from any team could crack the timpani-tight feeling in the contestant’s stomachs. Soon, teams of bees began dropping like flies. First to fall, to the quiet smugness of the remaining four outfits of spellers were the middle school teachers.

At that point, audience involvement increased, with non-judges judging each team on their adherence to the rules. Try as they might, and despite a few backhanded allegations, all teams were found to be in compliance with the rules.

For the rest of this story, and the winners, see this week's Cadiz Record.
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