Team Kal Tire members Luke Davis (clockwise back from left)

Team Kal Tire members Luke Davis (clockwise back from left)

Spelling bee causing a buzz

Anyone who thinks they are up to the challenge is invited to take part in the May 4 event at the Vernon Atrium Hotel from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m

It’s time to knock the College Eggheads off their winning streak.

For the last four years running, the team of Okanagan College professors and staff has won the Adult Spelling Bee Challenge.

But there is growing interest among the other teams taking part to claim the title of top spellers. Although it’s yet to be seen if anyone can actually out-spell the Eggheads.

Therefore anyone who thinks they are up to the challenge is invited to take part in the Wednesday, May 4 event at the Vernon Atrium Hotel from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., which includes a hot breakfast.

Those taking part will see their support help others struggling with literacy, and youth struggling with life, as the ninth annual event is a major fundraiser for the Junction Literacy Centre and Teen Junction.

So while a chance to earn the top spelling title is up for grabs, it’s all in good fun in support of a worthwhile cause.

“We just go and have fun,” said Queen Bee Christina Williams of the Kal Tire team.

This year the presenting sponsor’s team has some new newbies as well as a veteran signed up (individuals or teams of eight can take part).

Some are returning for the good times, laughs and team-building, while in Luke Davis’ case it was the food that got him involved.

“I think I’m a better speller than I am,” admits Davis.

Meanwhile Karmen Doucette could be the team ringer as she returns to the event for her second year.

“I’m a word nerd,” said Doucette.

Gold sponsor team Interior Savings Credit Union is also up for the challenge.

Although dealing with money all day, Michelle Furlong admits spelling isn’t their strongest trait.

“We’re good with numbers, but letters, well…”

Their secret weapon is team captain Tracie Savage.

“She’s our human dictionary/thesaurus,” said Furlong.

Teams are also known for going above and beyond in the fun category with costumes and team names.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Spelling Bee, or sponsoring a student to take part, can call 250-275-3117 or email admin@junctionliteracy.ca