Spellebration 2016: Passport to Literacy

Literacy Outreach and the Colorado Mountain College learning labs would like to thank all the participants, volunteers and sponsors who made Spellebration 2016: Passport to Literacy wonderful.  Held March 4 this adult spelling bee and silent auction raised $18,000 to support adult literacy in Garfield County. Twenty-six costumed teams with names like “Lost in Translation,” “From Russia with Love,” “Jefferson Airplane,” and “Team Baggage Handlers,” navigated rounds of words like well-seasoned travelers.

The “Ugly Americans,” Jenny Zetah, Bill Capps, Andrew Roberts-Gray, sponsored by Alpine Bank, correctly spelled “ceorl” (a freeman of the lowest class in Anglo-Saxon England) and “luthier” (one who makes stringed instruments) to win the spelling bee. After break, tough words like “feoffment” (the action of granting a feudal estate) and “psittacine” (pertaining to parrots) wiped out team after team like a case of avian flu.

First Place Team w pronouncer bob noone 2016

Seeing the world through the eyes of a non-reader can be scary.  Our generous corporate sponsors make the world easier for so many; sponsors include Bank of Colorado, Gould Construction, Flooring America, Alpine Bank, KMTS, Copy Copy, Carpet One, Post Independent, and Citadel Security. Special thanks to our team sponsors Bay Equity Home Loans, Charles Willman, P.C., Colorado Mountain College, Commonwealth Title Company of Garfield County, Connie Delaney Medical Library at Valley View Hospital, Elegant Jewelry, Jim English, Linda English, Holy Cross Energy, In Search of the Holy Grayling, Kiwanis, Gary and Jill Knaus, the MacGregor Family, No Name Book Group and the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs.

Thank you for helping adult learners navigate the world without turbulence.  After all, any type of baggage can be an astronomical impediment to reading!

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