Spelling Bee Results

A Repeat Victory at the 25th Annual NEF Spelling Bee!


2016 Bee Winners with Sarah&Felicia (3)2016 Bee Elem Winners with Dan (2)


On Sunday, March 13th, the Needham community came together to test their spelling prowess at the 25th annual Needham Education Foundation Spelling Bee.  Over 40 teams participated, including elementary, middle and high school students, teachers, parents, members of Needham community organizations, and local business people. The afternoon kicked off with the return of the Elementary School Round. After some fierce competition, the Hillside Yellow Jackets, including Omri Sde-Or, Ariel Berk, and Larisa Badawi, won on the word “chauffeur.”


In the Championship Round, High Rock & Pollard Teachers Caitlin Harding, Anna Kuebler, and Maryellen Shea repeated last year’s victory after spelling “catarrh,” which means inflammation of a mucous membrane.  It was a fun-filled afternoon, with hundreds of spectators cheering on the spellers.  Attendees enjoyed answering trivia questions between rounds and competition was high for the great raffle prizes from area businesses. Celebrity pronouncers Superintendent Dan Gutekanst, WHDH-TV 7News reporter Kimberly Bookman, and Last Minute Productions partner Gary Gillis kept the event lively and fun.

Check out coverage of the event with photos in the Needham Times and in the Hometown Weekly.

2015 Spelling Bee

Thank you to everyone who attended our 24th Annual Spelling Bee.  Hundreds attended to cheer on the 50 teams that participated in this year’s Bee!
Congratulations to the winners of the Elementary Round (tied):  Broadmeadow School and Eliot School!

Elementary Champs

Pictured, left to right – Top Row:  Emma Fleck, Brendan Szeto, Steven Qie
Bottom Row:  Jackie Liebman, Lucy McHugh, Caroline Berney

Congratulations to the overall winners of the 2015 Bee:  High Rock/Pollard Teachers!

HR-Pollard Champs

Pictured, left to right:  Anna Kuebler, Gary Gillis (Bee Pronouncer), Caitlin Harding, Maryellen Shea

2014 Spelling Bee a Resounding Success!

On April 9th 40 teams came together for the 23rd annual NEF Spelling Bee. Teams included middle and high school students, teachers, parents and local business people, all gathering to test their spelling knowledge. Chyten Test Prep came away as the victors, the most difficult word: “triskaidekaphobia”, which means fear of the number 13. It was a fun-filled evening, with hundreds of spectators cheering on the spellers. As co-chair Denise Bruno said, “It’s a fun community event! It brings so many community members together.”

2014 Spelling Bee Co-Chairs

Denise Bruno and Andrea George, 2014 Spelling Bee Co-Chairs

2014 Spelling Bee Winners

The 2014 Spelling Bee Champs are Othographic Anthophilia (Chyten Test Pret)

Here are links to articles that appeared in the local papers:

Needham Times article
Needham Times Photo Gallery
Hometown Weekly Article

2013 Spelling Bee

2013 NEF Spelling Bee Winners

The Needham Board of Selectmen was the winning team of the 22nd annual NEF Spelling Bee. The team was made up of John Bulian, Dan Matthews and Lindsey Kiser. The winning word this year was “neossology,” which means the study of young birds.

The 2013 NEF Spelling Bee was a success! Our thanks to the many donors and participants of our annual fundraising event.

2012 Spelling Bee

2012 NEF Spelling Bee Winners

At Needham High School on April 4, 2012, the winning team, The Wordniks, made up of Lindsey Kiser, Liza Kobzik and Lester Kobzik, beat the Needham Finance Committee in the final round with the Russian word “samizdat”, which means disseminating censored materials. The word was commonly used in former Soviet bloc countries to describe a dissident act against the government.

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