Spelling Bee Buzzes for Literacy Center


Spelling Bee Buzzes for Literacy Center

Omaha-Neb.– A frolic through the dictionary gave the community a fun way to get involved in helping adults learn to read. The seventh annual Adult Spelling Bee, held October 17 at the Scott Conference Center, raised more than $22,000 for the Literacy Center.

Enthusiasm for words and spelling comes from the knowledge that words make life better, which is the motto of the Literacy Center, says Executive Director Kirsten Case.

“The Center helps hardworking people acquire the practical skills to make them more active and contributing members of our community,” Case says. “From reading a food label, to writing a check, to reading their mail, the Center does more than help people learn to read books. We help people lead better lives.”

Eight community and corporate teams of three adults each, tested their word-knowledge and spell-ability. While the competition was friendly, it was also fierce as the logophiles vied for trophies including:

  • Best of Hive – Omaha Public Library
  • Runner-up Best of Hive – First National Bank
  • Best Costume – The Exterminator’s
  • Best Team Spirit – First National Bank

The audience of over 140 included closet bibliophiles and philomaths, who took part in an audience spelling quiz.

Expert speller Grace Johanningsmeier, a semi finalist in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant, was on hand to offer expert advice to the contestants.

Listening to every vowel and consonant was the panel of judges: Pat Billings – Executive Service Corps-NE, Cammy Watkins – Habitat for Humanity and Ellen Scott – The Bookworm.  They were joined by our expert pronouncer Chuck Johanningsmeier from University of Nebraska, Omaha and emcee John Heaston, publisher and editor for The Reader.

Honorary chair for the Spelling Bee was Kjirsten Finnegan former Literacy Center board member and founder of the Spelling Bee.

For more information about the Literacy Center: www.giveliteracy.org, 402.342.7323.