Congratulations 2013 Spelling Bee Champs Barratrous Orthographers!

Integumentary (referring to something that covers or encloses, especially an enveloping layer of an organism) was the winning word in the 22nd Annual Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee, held April 17, 2013, at Cleveland Heights High School. The Barratrous Orthographers, a team representing the law firm of Squire Sanders with spellers Bonnie Bealer, Becky Bynum, and John Lazzaretti, spelled the word correctly in the ninth round to take home the Coveted Big Plastic Bee Trophy. Earlier in the competition, the eventual champs thought they’d been eliminated on kibitzer until a member of the audience asked the judges to check for an alternate spelling, kibbitzer, which is included in the dictionary definition. Given new life, the team spelled their way to victory.

In the final round, Barratrous Orthographers outspelled our defending champions, representing Noble and Oxford PTAs, which misspelled makebate (one that excites contention, an instigator). That team included Lindy Burt, Kathy Soltis, and Toni Thayer.

The Reaching Heights Spelling Bee raises funds for programs that support academic and musical excellence in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights public schools. Twenty-five teams competed in this year’s event.

Reggie Evans, longtime active parent and citizen, was honored with the Friend of Public Education Award, and spoke about the value of our public schools.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Chief Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., served as the Bee’s chief judge, working with CH-UH Superintendent Doug Heuer and Notre Dame College professor Tony Zupancic. CH-UH Public Library Director Nancy Levin served as

2013 Reaching Heights Spelling Bee Champions John Lazzaretti, Bonnie Bealer and Becky Bynum with the Coveted Big Plastic Bee Trophy.

, Steve Titchenal projected the words for the audience for the 22nd time, and Big Fun impresario Steve Presser was the master of ceremonies. Kal Zucker took team photos.

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