Fourth annual Community Spelling Bee

Fourth annual Community Spelling Bee


Pictured are The Wanna Bees and their members John Zimmerman, Joe Furey Fox News and Bee Master for the event, Dave Pestillo, and Joe Peccerillo.

The Southington Education Foundation’s Fourth annual Community Spelling Bee was sponsored this year by the Hospital of Central Connecticut and took place on Wednesday, April 23, at Southington High School.

Twenty-five teams came with a dream of bringing home the coveted spelling championship trophy but only one team left as the winner. Many teams came dressed in costume with a particular theme. Some teams came with groups cheering support. The night was festive, admission was free, and the Southington Community Food Bank received much needed non-perishable donations. In the end Southington Public Schools students will yield the benefit of the event’s more than $9,000 profit.

In the final round it came down to five teams: the Wanna Bees, the HIP-BEES, the Rotabees, Profits for S.E.F., and Bee-Knighted.

The word ‘daschund’ sent several teams back to their seats. Finally there were two teams remaining: the Wanna Bees and the Rotabees. In the end the Wanna Bees came up the winner by correctly spelling the word ‘iridescent’ and thus eliminating the Rotabees.

The winning team members are Dave Pestillo, John Peccerillo, and John Zimmerman. The Wanna Bees took home the trophy, earning bragging rights until the next year’s spelling bee. In the meantime the members of the Rotabees (Gloria Brown, Kate Sirignano, and Kris Noli) will not easily forget the spelling of the word ‘iridescent’.

Alan DeBisschop, who has served as chairman and emcee for this event for the past four years, opened the program with a monologue depicting the challenges of spelling words in the English language. Meteorologist Joe Furey of Fox CT News returned to be the Bee Master, a role that he said he thoroughly enjoys.

Since its inception in 2009, the Southington Education Foundation has provided more than $130,000 in enrichment programs that foster educational excellence in the town’s public schools.

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