First Annual Spelling Bee was a Huge Hit!

To see more photos of the Spelling Bee (including a photo of each team) click here!

Our First Spelling Bee, held at Northwood High School on April 28th, was a huge success! Big thanks to Zach Ward of DSI Comedy for hosting, to Sam Cooper, Dawn Walker, and Henry Foust for judging, and to June Atkinson (North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction) and Dr. Derrick Jordan (Chatham County School Superintendent) and to all the teams and sponsors listed below:


Spelling Cinsation YMCA – Located in Pittsboro
Willow Oak Wordsmiths- Parent and others from Willow Oak Montessori School
Bee Bombers – Nurses from UNC and friends
Chapel in the Pines Carpenter Bees Church – Local, supportive church for Habitat
Legal Bee-Gals – Chatham County Clerk of Courts Office
Department of Stupendous Spellers – Department of Social Services
Chatham Wabbits – George Greger Holt – Chatham Drug Free
Word Nerds – Chatham County Tax Office
The Transposed’s- Chatham Habitat for Humanity’s Board President Linda Zaremba and friends in Governors Club
Bee-Wildered & Bee-Fuddled- Ieva Spons, Habitat Board member and friends
Chatum’s Fynest Sherrif Webster’s Diktionaries – Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
The Sewing Bee – Ladies that support Habitat by sewing monthly with items for our ReStore
The Bee Team Emily Boynton, Pittsboro Elementary School Parents
BuzzKill Bees- Pittsboro Police Department
The Church Ladies – Pittsboro Presbyterian Church
The TeacherBees – Former Chatham County School Board Member and retired teachers
Central Carolina Spelling Hornets – Mark Hall, Provst of Central Carolina Community College and teachers
The A Team – Durham Tech Professor Don Sommerfeldt and students
UNC Healthcare – Staff from UNC Healthcare
Belles of the Board – Chatham County School Board and County Commissioners
The Phonetix – Chatham County Commissioners Chair Jim Crawford and friends
The Diggers – Chatham Habitat Board Member Anna DeConti and friends from Governors Club
Champions for Change – Western Chatham NAACP Chapter
Kelli and the Spelliticians – NC Legislative Team, Rep. Robert Reives, State Sen. Valerie Foushee, Pete Glidewell, 6th Congressional Dist. & Kelli, Chatham Co. Schools
Team Bold (Construction) – Jason Dell, Chatham Habitat for Humanity Board Member and friends
Four Mayors and a Truck – Current Mayors from Pittsboro, Siler City and Goldston and former Mayor of Pittsboro
Chatham Literacy – Literacy Council of Chatham County


UNC Health Care (Hive sponsor – highest level)
Keisler Land Co., LLC
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Apex Cabinet
MHA Works
Carolina Farm Credit
The Chatham Unit of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham & Chatham Counties
San Lee Security
Pittsboro First Bank
Chatham Economic Development
Lindley Designs
Realty World
Moore’s Hauling & Grading
L.D. Swain & Son Heating & Cooling, Inc.


The winner of the event was the Chatham County Department of Stupendous Spellers, the team from Chatham County DSS office. They’ll keep the trophy in their office all year and then bring it back next year so that they can defend their title!


Also, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office won the title for Best Team Name – Chatum’s Fynest Sherrif Webster’s Diktionaries.

We raised more than $7,000 for Chatham Habitat at the event, and we’re already excited for next year!

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