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Spellers dig deep for literacy

Martha Fredendall
Literacy Outreach
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Spellabration 2011 first place winners, the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool TeamTriathesaurus, show the reference books they use to become top spellers. They are, from left, Janet Rickert, Joan Kavanaugh and Pattie Peterson.
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Spellebration 2011, held April 15, raised $15,000 to support Literacy Outreach and the Colorado Mountain College learning labs.

Nineteen costumed teams, including “The Cave Spellers,” “Yabba Dabba Snoozers,” “The Bedrock Bibliophiles,” and “Dictionary Dinos” gathered for this mammoth annual spelling contest.

Words such as “eloign,” to remove to a distant place, and “flense” sent teams to the dictionary in the early rounds.



After a break, tough words went through the teams like cholera.

Hugh Warder spelled “aggiornamento” correctly for the Bank of Colorado, sending a cheer through the crowd and landing their team a prestigious second place finish.



Finishing third was The Word Sloths, sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club.

The Hot Springs Lodge and Pool, Team Triathesaurus, took first place, correctly spelling “neomenon” and “gourami” – a large, air breathing, nest building Asiatic fish. Spelling for Team Triathesaurus this year were Janet Rickert, Pattie Peterson and Joan Kavanaugh.

The 100 Club’s Illustrious Ice Age Icons raised the most money, $1,125, and won the prize for best costume.


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