continued The teams will be asked to spell 12 words in two preliminary rounds, and teams will be eliminated for misspelled words. The two winning teams from each round will then move on to the quarterfinals and finals, where they will spell five words each. BC Superintendent Tom Douglas will participate on the judges panel.
BOU is hoping the event turns out to be successful financially. A team in the competition can be sponsored by a local organization for $100 and companies or groups may also pay $75 to sponsor a word.
“These words aren’t going to be easy,” Deane-White said. “We had a local dental practice sponsor a word from the dental field, so participants are going to have to bring their thinking caps.”
She added for those who don’t want to compete in the bee, BOU is hoping the community will come out to watch and show their support for their favorite team.
“We’re hoping to sponsor a friendly competition that will become popular and turn into an annual event,” said Deane-White.
Refreshments will be served at the event and a 50/50 raffle will be held.
Teams can register to participate in the spelling bee until Wednesday, March 20. The competition will take place the following week on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m., in the BC Middle School auditorium. Admission is $3 for students, seniors and veterans, $5 for adults and $10 for a family.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the BOU web page on the Bethlehem Central School District website.