Wilmington Educational Foundation Raises $5K At Spelling Bee; American Legion Wins

WILMINGTON, MA – Triskaidekaphobia.

That was the winning word for the American Legion Post 136 team at last night’s Wilmington Educational Foundation’s third annual Adult Team Spelling Bee.

Frank Palazzi, Julie Rowe, Michelle Rowe and Mary Ellen Steen “out-spelled” 19 other teams, including the West Intermediate School’s “Westies” (runners up), the Wilmington Band Parents and Friends’ “Bees in the Band” (semi-finalists) and State Rep. Ken Gordon’s “The Diphthongs” (semi-finalists), to claim the coveted “Golden Bee Stinger” trophy.

The Bee, held at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus, raised $5,000 for the Wilmington Educational Foundation (WEF).  More than 100 individuals came out to support WEF in its fundraising efforts to provide grants for technology, curriculum, and professional development to Wilmington educators, and to sponsor events like the popular annual STEM Fair.

Dr. Leslee Quick, WEF President, addressed the room prior to the finals, thanking the audience for “supporting the Wilmington Educational Foundation, so the Wilmington Educational Foundation can support Wilmington Public Schools.”

Quick thanked former Town Manager Michael Caira for emceeing the event.  Quick also thanked Wilmington Board of Selectmen members Judy O’Connell and Mike Champoux, along with Wilmington/Tewksbury Town Crier editor Jayne Miller, for serving as judges.

Quick also acknowledged the event’s corporate sponsors, including Wynne Huang, HD (“Caring For All”), Howland Development, CitySide Subaru, Rizzo’s Roast Beef & Pizza, Law Office of Kathleen Black Reynolds, and O’Mahoney & Ardito.

Triskaidekaphobia, by the way, is the fear of the number 13.  But you already knew that, right?

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