Spelling ‘Success’

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Mar. 20 | Modified: Mar. 20
Spelling ‘Success’

From left, John Idol, Nancy Terrell, Nancy Dennett and Beth Mueller represent Appalachian/Brian Estates as the Word Wizards, during Tuesday’s Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Grown-Up Spelling Bee.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero



What’s the best way to win the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Grown-Up Spelling Bee?

As chamber president and event emcee Dan Meyer would say, “Just bee yourself.”

On Tuesday at Watauga High School, the chamber put the “fun” in “fundraising” with its 13th annual adult spelling bee, in which teams from area businesses and organizations compete to win the respect of their peers — along with an assortment of prizes.

Chetola Resort’s Word Nerds, featuring Marcia Greene, Ruthie Nathan, Allison West and Kara Miller, took first, defeating Samaritan’s Purse’s Disaster Bee-lief Crew of Jennie Miller, Laurie Barbour, Susan Barlow and Debbie Henderson in a wham-bang contest over “onomatopoeia.”

The biggest winner, however, was Western Youth Network, the local child and family advocacy organization, which was the recipient of $1,000 raised through bee proceeds.

For more information on WYN, visit http://www.westernyouthnetwork.org. For more on the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, visit http://www.boonechamber.com.

For more photos, visit http://goo.gl/1MnHwr.

Additional Images

From left, John Idol, Nancy Terrell, Nancy Dennett and Beth Mueller represent Appalachian/Brian Estates as the Word Wizards, during Tuesday’s Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Grown-Up Spelling Bee.
Photo by Frank Ruggiero

From left, Susan Shaw, Toni Gault, Staci Vestal and Greg Fox — also known as the Scrabblers — represent Appalachian Regional Healthcare System during the 13th annual Grown-Up Spelling Bee.
Photo by Frank Ruggiero

From left, Boone Area Chamber of Commerce president Dan Meyer presents the Grown-Up Spelling Bee trophy to Marcia Greene, Ruthie Nathan, Allison West and Kara Miller of Chetola Resort’s Word Nerds.
Photo by Frank Ruggiero

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