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Community Spelling Bee 2020

Why Should Kids Have All the Fun? LVSC's 4th Annual Bee was a great success raising more than $7,500 to support free literacy programs for adults in Somerset County. Many thanks to our generous sponsors, brave spellers, focused judges, committed volunteers, helpful library staff, and kind donors!


February 22, 2020
2:00 PM


Hillsborough Library379 S. Branch RoadHillsborough, NJ 08844

In LVSC's version of the Spelling Bee, teams of two came together to spell. We used Official Spelling Bee Words and Rules, but no teams were eliminated in the early rounds; scores were kept. The teams with the highest scores went to the final round where there was elimination until a single team was crowned the winner.

Teams could raise money through ads and boosters. For every $100 that a team raised, they banked a do-over for a misspelled word. In addition to a spelling competition, each team competed on several different levels. There were awards for “Best Team Name,” “Best Team Uniform,” and “Most Team Spirit.” Plus, there was an Old-Fashioned Bake Sale and a guest appearance by Christopher Serrao, one of the 2019 Scripps Bee Octochamps!

Here's a selection of our favorite photos from the 2020 Bee:

Meet the contestants.
Meet the judges, from left to right: Brian Auger-Somerset County Library System, Brian Engelstein-Mars International, Christopher Serrao-2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Octochamp, Yvonne Selander-Somerset County Library System
The words were not E-A-S-Y.
2020 Bee Champions: Bird is the Word! Winning word: D-R-Y-A-D. CONGRATULATIONS for claiming the title two years in a row!
To Bee or Not to Bee sponsorsed by Jackie Flamm and Mike Aslett. Awarded: BEST TEAM UNIFORM!
Come Spell or High Water sponsored by Amate Society. Awarded: BEST TEAM NAME!
Spell Check sponsored by HBK CPAs & Consultants. Awarded: MOST TEAM SPIRIT!
Top Fundraiser Award goes to Lisa Browne of The Bee's Knees

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Congratulations to A-L-L the Spellers!

2020 Champions

Bird is the Word: Ellen & Jim Lafargue

2020 Runners Up

Double Nerd Score: Cheryl Allen-Munley & Ed Horch

Best Team Name

Come Spell or High Water: Rachel & Zach Tall

Best Team Uniform

To Bee or Not to Bee: Grace & Maura Sommers

Most Team Spirit

Spell Check: Claas Ehlers & Ellen Pluta

Top Fundraiser Award

Lisa Browne

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