2019 Spelling Bee
- March 11, 2019
Congratulations to the Needham School Committee for taking the top prize at the 2019 Spelling Bee and to the Broadmeadow “Smaht Spellahs” for winning the elementary round!
The winning word was kakistocracy, which is defined as “a government run by the least qualified people.”
Over 40 teams gathered to compete in the 28th Annual Needham Education Foundation Spelling Bee. Teams consisted of teachers, students, parents and members of local businesses and civics groups.
Thank you to all who attended and a special thanks to our Bee pronouncers: WBZ-TV Co-Anchor David Wade, WCVB 5 Investigates Reporter Kathy Curran, and our very own Superintendent, Dr. Dan Gutekanst. Thank you, too, to all those who attended to cheer on our teams.
See the “Eye Opener” which was filmed at the Bee!
2018 Spelling Bee
- March 19, 2018
The Olin College Phoenixes Win the Bee and Elementary Round Ends in a Tie!
This past Sunday, the Needham community came together to test their spelling prowess at the 27th Annual NEF Spelling Bee. Nearly 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 Kathy Curran, member of WCVB’s 5 Investigates, helping the middle school Treble Choir film a Wake-Up Call for Channel 5’s EyeOpener (watch the video, here). The choir then performed the National Anthem beautifully to kick off the Bee. Throughout the ensuing five rounds of spelling, celebrity pronouncers Kathy Curran, Superintendent Dan Gutekanst, and Last Minute Productions partner Gary Gillis kept the event lively and fun.
Four teams advanced to the championship round – Broadmeadow PTC’s Bees in the Meadow, the Olin College Phoenixes, the Pollard Faculty’s Busy Bees and the Needham School Committee. The team from Olin College–Joe Hunter, Elizabeth Cantrell and Lisa Downey–won it in the end, correctly spelling “gymkhana” (a horseback-riding meet featuring games and novelty contests).
The elementary round, featuring the winning Bee teams from each elementary school, was a nail biter. Dr. Gutekanst pronounced over 30 words in an attempt to stump the 5th graders. After running out of words, a tie was declared between the Hillside Hornets and Mitchell Superior Spellers after properly spelling “gargantuan.”
Congratulations to all of our participants!
A Repeat Victory at the 25th Annual NEF Spelling Bee!
- March 14, 2016
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
- March 18, 2015
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!
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!
Pictured, left to right: Anna Kuebler, Gary Gillis (Bee Pronouncer), Caitlin Harding, Maryellen Shea