Annual spelling bee about fun, support of schools

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Wendy Mayton, of the Graham A. Barden Elementary Word Nerds, reacts to a word at the Adult Spelling Bee Tuesday night at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. The Havelock Chamber of Commerce puts on the annual event.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 03:48 PM.

Havelock Elementary School teacher Amber Mirise figured she had an advantage even though it was her first time ever competing in the Adult Spelling Bee.

"Bring it on," Mirise said. "I won the spelling bee in third grade with the word triskaidekaphobia. I figure that if I was 8 or 9 years old when I did that, then we’ve got this in the bag."

Mirise was one of 68 spellers on 17 teams that participated in the annual fundraiser sponsored by the Havelock Chamber of Commerce Tuesday night at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

The participants strained their brains to spell words like antepenultimate, hypnopompic and plenipotentiary, all of which had to be enunciated expertly by master of ceremonies Tom Braaten.

"It’s just a lot of fun," said Suzanne Averitt, a curriculum coach at Roger Bell Elementary. "It’s exciting that all of the businesses get together and help the schools raise money. It’s fun to spend time with your co-workers when you’re relaxing and enjoying each other instead of always worrying about your job and what’s going on with students, and I think it’s just a really good way to support the community and the schools."

Maegan Barry, a physical therapist, participated on the Peak Performance Team called the Therabees.

"I think it’s an awesome idea for a fundraiser because it’s simple and easy and all you have to do is spell words and raise money for the schools," she said.

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