Time to spell competition

Published 10:26 pm Monday, January 8, 2018

There are only a few days left to register your team or complete your sponsorship for the Suffolk Education Foundation’s second Grown-Up Spelling Bee, and we fully expect this event to be just as splendiferous as the last one.

There’s nothing more fun for adults than to have a good excuse to do kid stuff again, and there’s nothing that offers a bit of déjà vu of elementary or middle school quite like a spelling bee.

Whether you never got to participate in a spelling bee in school, or whether you missed your chance at fame and fortunate by misspelling an easy word like “misspell,” or whether you want to relive the glory days when you were known far and wide as the spelling bee champion, this is your chance to make it happen and help out a good cause.

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You’ll want to round up two of your best-spelling friends or colleagues, come up with some creative costumes (it will be hard to beat the Suffolk News-Herald’s “Typographical Airers” from last year, though!) and start studying such hard words as “onomatopoeia,” “obsequious,” “ubiquitous,” “semaphore,” “soubrette” and “vivisepulture.”

And you won’t want to forget “banausic,” the rather ordinary word that knocked out the Suffolk News-Herald’s team last time, tied for third place. We won’t miss that one again, and neither should you.

There are five teams currently registered, including the much-anticipated return of the Typographical Airers. Superintendent Dr. Deran Whitney also has a team, and last year’s champions, Kil-Bee’s Revenge of the Words from Kilby Shores Elementary School, will also be there.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at King’s Fork High School. Team registrations are due Jan. 19, and sponsorships are due Jan. 31. Sponsors can sponsor a team of teachers, or they can sponsor a letter or word. An orthodontist’s office might sponsor the word “orthodontist,” for example. A lawyer’s office might sponsor “subpoena.” The possibilities are endless.

If you’d like to join the fun, but not on stage, tickets are $5, and kids ages 8 and under get in free.

The proceeds directly benefit teachers and students of Suffolk Public Schools by funding instructional grants, supporting professional development and paying for college scholarships.

Visit suffolkeducationfoundation.org for more information.