Fifth Annual Chappaqua Spelling Bee at 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 10

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
by Eleanor Sadik-Khan, SHARE Executive

S.H.A.R.E., or Students Have A Responsibility Everywhere, the umbrella volunteer organization at Horace Greeley High School, invites you to its fifth annual Spelling Bee, a fun fund-raiser for the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund.

A popular event for the whole Chappaqua community, the Bee raises both funds and awareness for the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund. Many people in the community are unaware of the impact the Scholarship Fund has for Greeley grads by helping them meet the cost of college tuition.

In years past, the HGSF has not always been able to meet 100% of the students’ needs in paying for college. Each year grant applications to the HGSF reveal just how deeply some of our neighbors here in Chappaqua are struggling to meet basic needs let alone pay for a child’s college education and each year the HGSF has funds available to meet less than 40% of the demonstrated need.

Last year the Spelling Bee raised over $17,000, all of which was used to fund grants to Greeley grads.  S.H.A.R.E. and the HGSF hope to continue to help the community through the F-U-N of the Spelling Bee!

The format for the Bee

Within five groupings (teachers, adults, high school students, high school seniors, and middle school students), three-person teams spell their way to the final round, where a winner is declared.

The format for the Greeley Bee is somewhat different from a traditional Bee, where individuals compete and each spells a different word. At the Greeley Bee, every team will spell the same word as all other teams in their preliminary round.

Each team of three members will sit together at a table, discuss the spelling of the word and write their answer on a white board, which they will hold up when asked to by the moderator. The words and definitions will be projected behind the teams for the audience to see after everyone has put their boards up.

In between rounds, expect entertainment from the Enchords, an a cappella group at Greeley, and student music groups. Also be on the lookout for those competing in the costume contest, the winners of which take home their own prizes. Every team is encouraged to dress to impress – the competition is fierce, so bring your spelling skills AND your best costume!

There will be six to eight preliminary rounds, and the winning teams from each will move on to a playoff round. So, come and reclaim your title, be crowned the new champ or hone your dusty skills. Young or older, this night is always one to remember!

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