The bees were buzzing this past Monday night, February 26th, when the Callaway Conference Center hosted the Annual CLCP spelling bee. Busy little bugs packed the auditorium out and began preparing for spellers left and right to take the stage. Each and every year this event continues to grow and there are some incredible reasons for this, as the spelling bee each and every year is hosted with the mind set of spreading literacy awareness and providing these reading services to many citizens here in LaGrange and Troup County.
The competition was thick this year, with 12 teams lined up to take each other on. The words were off, with pronouncer Renae Willis and EmBEE Jack Morman leading the way as usual. Everyone survived the first round, with teams beating down the words from every angle. However, the bees began to drop like flies as the rounds moved on. One by one, and with some strategic use of the pass tickets, the teams were buzzed off the stage until there were two left: The West Georgia Technical College Nutty Professors and the Junior Service League Sustainers Queen Bees.
The teams managed to survive three rounds against each other and made it to the dreaded spell off, with a list of five words given out and both teams trying to spell the words correctly for the judges. The team submitted their answers, with tensions thick in the air. After a few moments of the crowd waiting with bated breath, the winner was announced. After missing only one word of the five, West Georgia Tech and their Nutty Professors had become the new spelling bee champions. Debbie Burdette, the busiest bee with the CLCP, headed to the stage to present the team with their trophy.
For nearly two decades now, the Troup County Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) has been working to promote and enhance the literacy here in our community and across the entire state of Georgia. The CLCP wants everyone to know how important reading and literacy are state wide and how reading, learning, and growth are very important to us as peoples. Throughout the year, they host many different events, including the spelling bee and the Leggin for Literacy 5K, and are a very active, important part of our community. Debbie Burdette and her team are so truly passionate about these causes and making sure that every child has the best opportunity to learn about the importance of literacy.
The following is a list of the teams from this year’s competition:
Batson-Cook LaGrange Academy
Matt Autry Becky Brown Beth Tures
Calumet Bank Word Nerds
Sheree McCurry Holt Redding Sharon Woodruff
Charter Bank Spell Checkers
Tammy Brazil Jeri Miles Manda Toney
JSL Sustainers Queen Bees
Kelli Ferrell Catherine Rodriquez Cynthia Welch Ellen Tomlin
LaGrange High School Grangers
Laura Colley Caitlin McDaniel Ellen Tomlin
Smith Design Group
LaGrange College Spellvengers Speller #1 Dark Matter Speller #2 The Librarian Speller #3 The Pundit
Synovus Taking Care of BUZZ’ness
Andi Kinsey Chelcie Kious Mario Demarino
Troup County Medical Society The Doctors
Dr. Jim Brennan Dr. Tom Gore Dr. Ashley Stewart
Troup High School Two Chicks and a Guy
Michelle Ashmore Chance Giddens Paul Hammock
Twin Cedars Control-AULT-Delete
NaToya Alford Janice Brewer Jamie Daniel
Well Star West Georgia Medical Center Well Star Wizards
Sara Lucwick Bob Ullman Hope Zachman
West Georgia Technical College Nutty Professors
Donald Miller Susan Prestridge Candy Pugh
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