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First Annual Spelling Bee was a Huge Hit!

Our First Spelling Bee, held at Northwood High School on April 28th, was a huge success! Big thanks to Zach Ward of DSI Comedy for hosting, to Sam Cooper, Dawn Walker, and Henry Foust for judging, and to June Atkinson (North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction) and Dr. Derrick Jordan (Chatham County School Superintendent) and to all the teams and sponsors listed below:


Teams: Spelling Cinsation YMCA – Located in Pittsboro Willow Oak Wordsmiths- Parent and others from Willow Oak Montessori School Bee Bombers – Nurses from UNC and friends Chapel in the Pines Carpenter Bees Church – Local, supportive church for Habitat Legal Bee-Gals – Chatham County Clerk of Courts Office Department of Stupendous Spellers – Department of Social Services Chatham Wabbits – George Greger Holt – Chatham Drug Free Word Nerds – Chatham County Tax Office The Transposed’s- Chatham Habitat for Humanity’s Board President Linda Zaremba and friends in Governors Club Bee-Wildered & Bee-Fuddled- Ieva Spons, Habitat Board member and friends Chatum’s Fynest Sherrif Webster’s Diktionaries – Chatham County Sheriff’s Office The Sewing Bee – Ladies that support Habitat by sewing monthly with items for our ReStore The Bee Team Emily Boynton, Pittsboro Elementary School Parents BuzzKill Bees- Pittsboro Police Department The Church Ladies – Pittsboro Presbyterian Church The TeacherBees – Former Chatham County School Board Member and retired teachers Central Carolina Spelling Hornets – Mark Hall, Provst of Central Carolina Community College and teachers The A Team – Durham Tech Professor Don Sommerfeldt and students UNC Healthcare – Staff from UNC Healthcare Belles of the Board – Chatham County School Board and County Commissioners The Phonetix – Chatham County Commissioners Chair Jim Crawford and friends The Diggers – Chatham Habitat Board Member Anna DeConti and friends from Governors Club Champions for Change – Western Chatham NAACP Chapter Kelli and the Spelliticians – NC Legislative Team, Rep. Robert Reives, State Sen. Valerie Foushee, Pete Glidewell, 6th Congressional Dist. & Kelli, Chatham Co. Schools Team Bold (Construction) – Jason Dell, Chatham Habitat for Humanity Board Member and friends Four Mayors and a Truck – Current Mayors from Pittsboro, Siler City and Goldston and former Mayor of Pittsboro Chatham Literacy – Literacy Council of Chatham County


Sponsors: UNC Health Care (Hive sponsor – highest level) Keisler Land Co., LLC Lowe’s Home Improvement Apex Cabinet MHA Works CCCC Carolina Farm Credit The Chatham Unit of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham & Chatham Counties San Lee Security Pittsboro First Bank SunTrust Chatham Economic Development Lindley Designs Realty World Moore’s Hauling & Grading L.D. Swain & Son Heating & Cooling, Inc.


The winner of the event was the Chatham County Department of Stupendous Spellers, the team from Chatham County DSS office. They’ll keep the trophy in their office all year and then bring it back next year so that they can defend their title!


Also, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office won the title for Best Team Name – Chatum’s Fynest Sherrif Webster’s Diktionaries.

We raised more than $7,000 for Chatham Habitat at the event, and we’re already excited for next year!

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