16th Annual Spelling Bee – 2008

Thirteen teams representing communities from Clermont and Brown convened on Friday, June 20, 2008 at Milford Firefighters Hall for the 16th Annual Spelling Bee to benefit our Literacy Council.

Congratulations to first place winners The Spell Casters from Clermont Senior Services, whose winning word was “consentaneous” which means agreeing; suited to; consistent with; unanimous.

Congratulations also go to second place winners Clermont County Educational Service Center (CCESC) and third place winners Locust Corner Community Church. Best costume prize went to Clermont Senior Services, and best spirit award was enthusiastically earned by Western Brown Local Schools.

Returning teams from: Clermont County Educational Services Center, U.S. Grant Career Center, Western Brown Local Schools, Donovan Donohoo, Jr. & Associates, Inc., Child Focus, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, U.C. Clermont College, Work Force One of Clermont County, and The Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties competed side by side with first time contestants, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church in Newtown, Locust Corner Community Church and Great Oaks Career Campuses.

Duke Energy, bronze-level corporate sponsor of the 2008 Spelling Bee, along with many other businesses and agencies and individuals in both Clermont and Brown counties, contributed financial support to aid the Literacy Council in carrying out our mission to help adults improve their reading and writing skills. This FUN FUNdraiser each year includes lunch provided by local businesses, and a raffle and a silent auction. This year’s items were donated by more than 85 local businesses, agencies and individuals.

The event is one of the Literacy Council’s biggest fundraising events. Would your business, church, club or family like to enter a team in the 2009 Spelling Bee? Would you like to volunteer to help with next year’s spelling bee? Just contact Kathy Gillespie at 513.943.3740 and we’ll put you on the list!