The 16th annual Adult Spelling Bee is around the corner, with the deadline for entries set for March 8.
The fundraising event, to take place 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in the auditorium of the Citizens Center, brings businesses, civic clubs, churches and schools together in an effort to support both the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation and the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.
Last year, the event brought in almost $14,000, Chamber President Ken Kindley and Education Committee Chairman Brad Rivers told the Times-News.
“It’s a good, friendly competition,” Kindley said.
Raised funds have helped the Public Education Foundation provide technological equipment and teaching grants to county schools, as well as enabled the Chamber to continue to offer four $1,000 scholarships to students from local high schools, which are handed out each year during the Academic Achievement Awards Banquet.
Those interested can participate by sponsoring a team for $100, sponsoring a competition level for $200 or donating to the cause without taking part in the event.
Each team typically has four members, comprised of employees, family, friends or students. Kindley stressed that businesses who enter the competition are not restricted to using just their own employees on their teams.
Unlike traditional spelling bees, teams will write the words down — rather than standing up and saying them — for the judges after mutually determining what they deem to be the correct spelling. Teams who misspell a word are allowed to “buy” the word back for $25 to remain in the competition during the first three levels.
There are four competition levels, including easy, intermediate, difficult and challenge. Those businesses who choose to sponsor a level will have their name featured in the sentences used throughout that level.
In the event of a tie, a “spell-off,” during which no words may be bought back, will help determine the winner.
Additionally, anyone who donates $100 or more to this year’s spelling bee will be recognized as patrons of the event.
Both the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee and Webster’s New World Dictionary will supply the words used during the competition.
Buddy Stasney’s Buick GMC is the presenting sponsor for this year’s fundraiser.
For more information or to request an entry form, call the Chamber at (704) 735-3096.