Literacy Outreach spells out how the West was won |

Literacy Outreach spells out how the West was won

The night belonged to the good, the bad and the ugly in a spelling showdown that began at sundown with the word deterrent and finished with the evenings final word, cuneiform.The 11th annual Spellebration 2004 fundraiser for Literacy Outreach and Colorado Mountain College Learning Labs was held on Friday, March 5, at the Hotel Colorado. This year, 28 teams competed and raised more than $17,000 for Literacy Outreach. The program teaches illiterate adults to read and write, provides scholarships to adult students who wish to earn a general education diploma, and helps immigrants learn English.Since the theme was, How the West was Won: Readin, Writin, and Ropin, contestants wore Wild West attire that ranged from cowboy boots, chaps and hats to saloon girl get-ups. Martha Fredendall, executive director of Literacy Outreach, kicked off the event by introducing a colorful cast of characters that helped entertain the participants throughout the evening.While the youngest posse from Glenwood Springs Middle School called Kissin Kate & Her Word Gang threatened to out-kiss em, out-rob em, and out-spell em, the Space Cowboys from Thunder River Market promised spelling the final frontier and boldly spell words no mortal man has ever dared to spell, which proved to be prophetic as contestants struggled with words like sederunt and rubefacient.In the end, Randy Schroeder, Dave Schroeder and Patti Svaldi won the event. David Schroeder, a retired urologist was the ugly and dressed as a hillbilly complete with a set of nasty teeth, which he pulled when it was his turn to spell. He was like a racehorse that couldnt wait to charge out of the gate. Once the pronouncer finished the word, the letters rolled out of Schroeders mouth in perfect order. He never hesitated, never stumbled and missed only one word. He was really sharp, said Post Independent news editor and fellow competitor Dennis Webb.But unlike like a real Western duel, there were no losers in this match. When an organization like Literary Outreach and CMC make it their goal to promote adult literacy, everyone wins. And if anyone is feelin blue about the outcome, remember team EnCanas motto, It was better to have spelled and lost than never to have spelled at all.

Spellebration organizers clockwise from back left, Jim Hawkins, Alex de la Garza, Sharill Hawkins, Diane Hawkins, Julie Yost, Marylou Haflinger, Debbi Cerri, Sharon Anderson and Martha Fredendall.

The Letter Rustlers, sponsored by HP Geotech, earned second place. From left, Courtney Petre is an attorney for Petre and Petre, Don Parkison is the administrator for L.S. Wood Charitable Trust and Angela Parkison is an author and speaker.

The Barn Spellers were sponsored by Mason and Morse Real Estate of Carbondale and won the prize for raising the most money. From left, Pat Cima, Gerry Vanderbeek and Marja Vanderbeek.

First place winners, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, from left, Randy Schroeder of Gypsum works for San Isabel Communications, team sponsor David Schroeder is a Literacy Outreach tutor and retired doctor and Patti Svaldi of Grand Junction is a medical transcriptionist.

The Sopris Saloon girls, from left Joanne Teeple, Marge Palmer and Emily Donovan, took third place and were sponsored by Carbondale businesses.

Kissin Kate & Her Word Gang was sponsored by David Rippy Construction and Pine Stone Co. From left, Teka Israel, Lyndsey Wesson and Meghan Moriarty, all 14 and students at Glenwood Springs Middle School.

Mountain Mutts and Valley Cats, sponsored by High Tails Dog & Cat Outfitters, won best costume. From left, Tracey Yajko, Beth Byerly and Laurie Raymond, all of Glenwood.

Lazy K Spellers, sponsored by Mountain Valley Developmental Services, from left, Dan Kuglin, Andrea Hamelrath and Sarah Kujawa, all of Glenwood, work for Mountain Valley.

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