JWC Hosts Spelling Bee
The 31st annual town-wide fifth grade spelling bee hosted by the Junior Women’s Club will take place on April 11th at Roger Ludlowe Middle School beginning at 7:00 p.m. For the second year in a row, the Fairfield University Graduate School of Education and Allied Professionals will sponsor it.
Who will win and what will the final word be? With nearly 50 participants from both public and private schools, this event is sure to be a nail biter. There will be medals given to first, second, and third-place winners as well as monetary awards provided by such Fairfield mainstays as The Bank of Fairfield and Chase Bank.
But for the winners of the Bee, the buck does not stop here. They will proceed on to the state championship in Wallingford on May 26th, which is hosted by the Connecticut Junior Women’s Club, Inc.
The first official winner of the national spelling bee was Frank Neuhauser in 1925. Then 11 years old, he won against nine competitors (whittled down from 2 million nation-wide participants) with the word “gladiolus.” Incidentally, Neuhauser went on to become a patent lawyer. Apparently, winning a spelling bee was just the beginning of his success.
But spelling bees aren’t necessarily so serious. Saturday Night Live lovers might recall the skit with Will Forte playing a contestant who gave a 75-letter misspelling of the word “business” using 12 consecutive q’s. But after three decades of spelling bees, the Junior Women’s Club may be fairly confident that there will be some serious competition displayed for first place.
The organization not only hosts the spelling bee but also the “Touch-A-Truck” event and “A Visit to Santa’s House” at the Burr Homestead every year. They recently held a general membership drive with their “Just Wine and Chocolate” event in conjunction with Twisted Vine. (See a previous article from this site.)
For more information about the bee or how to get involved with the organization, visit their web site at jwcfairfield.com.