Annual spelling bee about fun, support of schools

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 03:48 PM.

She said missing a word was just embarrassing.

"It’s so disappointing and I never want to look my principal in the eye," Mayton said. "She’s always on the sidelines and I always want to just shield my face."

Megan McGarvey, who works for sponsor CarolinaEast Medical Center, said she doesn’t have enough spelling ability to compete and instead handed out Bee Bucks, which can be purchased by teams to stay in the game if they miss words.

"Thank goodness for spell check," McGarvey said. "I think this is a wonderful event. I am so excited about being here. This is my first year. CarolinaEast is pleased to sponsor it. I think it’s unique. It benefits the school system. It benefits the chamber, which means it benefits the community."

Stephanie Duncan, executive director of the chamber, said the night was about celebrating educators and raising money for schools.

"It’s a fun way to give back to the schools and show how much we appreciate them," she said.

First Carolina, Realtors, had one of the wackiest team names of the bunch this year, and a hard one to spell too

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