The 27th Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee went 8 rounds on the stage of the newly renovated Cleveland Heights High School on Wednesday, April 18. Dewey’s Decimators, representing the Friends of the Heights Library correctly spelled “chiaroscurist” to win the fun but quite serious spelling competition. Spellers Victor Rosenberg, Susan Marshall, and Chris Mentrek were happy to bring home their team’s 4th victory. This win ties them with the OOPS team representing the Cleveland Orchestra musicians as the winningest team in the history of the Reaching Heights Bee.
The winning team received the Big Plastic Bee trophy to display proudly at the Main Library for another year, and each of the team members took home gift certificates to the Blossom Music Festival and the Cleveland Running Company on Lee Road. The Fundraising Champion again this year for collecting more than $1,700 was Upper Case, the team representing Case Western Reserve University.
This Bee was more than a spelling competition. It was a wonderful community event that included a Pre-Bee Dinner, music from Drill, the Heights High Marching Band percussionists who led the parade of spellers into the auditorium, the Heights High Women Barbershoppers who sang at the 4th Round break, a generous raffle, and delicious bake sale. New teams representing Oxford Teachers; the Mayors of Cleveland Heights, University Heights and South Euclid; A Mindful Approach, and the Girl Scouts of NEO added to the fun.
Steve Presser celebrated his 23nd year as the Master of Ceremonies, Cynthia Booker, Instructor of Digital Video & Television Production at Heights High School served as Pronouncer, and