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Teams had grate time at food-themed bee

Post Independent/Dale Shrull
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Once again, the annual Spellebration event cast its spell over the region. The 2007 event was held Friday at the Hotel Colorado and had 28 teams vying for the coveted title and bragging rights as the region’s best spellers. A cooking theme to the event (Joy of Spelling – Reading: a recipe for success) led the usual creative team names and costumes.After more than four hours, the competition was down to two teams.

That’s when the Three Coli team finished the event by correctly spelling brachylogy – meaning: brevity of diction; concise or abridged form of expression. The team, which came up from Grand Junction, consisted of Steve and Cindy Cyphers and Sharon Patton.The Carbondale Rotary Club team of Karen Olsen, Susan Shirley and Cliff Colia placed second. The Post Independent team was third with April Clark, Charlie Wertheim and Dennis Webb making up the team.

The Post Independent team, which competed under the name Pots Independent, won the costume contest. The team embraced the cooking theme to the fullest with members wearing pots and pans for hats, and Clark dressed like a “wok star.”Besides a team name each team also provided a motto for the competition. Here’s just a taste: “If you can’t spell spatula, then get out of the kitchen”; “Spice up your vocabulary”; “Sugar and spice and everything nice”; “You can’t make chicken out of soup”; “Faster than the speed of a food fight”; and “We’re ladling it on for literacy.”Some team names were Three Dumplings, Spice Girls, Pop Tarts, Half Baked, Souper Stars, Dough Boys and Red Hot Chili Spellers.



Spellebration is a fundraiser for Literacy Outreach and Colorado Mountain College. Literacy Outreach helps adult learners with basic literacy, getting them to the point where they can attend traditional classes and learning labs.The money raised for CMC goes to its learning labs, scholarships, testing fees, books and classes.More than 100 silent auction items were donated for the event.


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