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FBE Spelling Bee 2015

More than 700 Belmont students participated in the 15th annual FBE Spelling Bee held on November 14, sponsored by the Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE).

Teams in Grades K through 4, “Non-Competitive Swarms”, and Grades 5 and 6, “Competitive Swarms”, showed some game early on with inventive swarm names such as Kinder Bees, The Word Nerds, O bee wan keno bee, Goodspellas, and Bee-wiched .

The winning word this year is “shrapnel”, and the winning team is the Chenery Cheetahs comprised of Chenery Middle School fifth graders Grace Deane, Madison Knight, Solenn Marion and Gillian Palmer.  The Runner-Up team, named the Fab Four, is a Chenery fifth grade team comprised of Theo Gallagher, Alex Karagozyan, Brian Shu, and Brennan Thomson.

There were many worker bees to help, such as School Committee Member Laurie Graham and Bee Keeper Sponsor Anne Mahon as Pronouncers, School Committee Member Susan Burgess-Cox and Belmont Citizen Herald Editor Joanna Kaselis Tzouvelis as Time Keepers, and Belmont Public Library Children’s Librarian Liz Fraser, and Poet and Harvard University Professor Stephen Burt as Umpires. Greg Stone returned for his 12 year hosting the Bee.

All spellers received a gift for participating.  Winners of the Competitive Swarms received a trophy and a $100 monetary price from Belmont Savings Banks.  Runner-Ups received a $25 gift certificate from the Book Rack.

The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) works with residents and businesses in the Town of Belmont to raise private funds that are used to enrich the education provided by the Belmont Public Schools.  The FBE has granted more than $2.8 million in support of hundreds of projects initiated and organized by administrators, teachers, and staff.

Bee Mascot – Photo by Perry Sullivan, BHS  Bee Winners with Belmont Savings Bank Representative – Photo by Haley Brown, BHS  The Einsteins – Photo by Haley Brown, BHS  On Stage Swarms – Photo by Naina Woker, BHS  Burbank Bucaneers – Photo by Haley Brown, BHS  Chenerbees – Photo by Haley Brown, BHS  Runner Ups – Fab Four – Photo by Haley Brown, BHS  The Word Nerds – Photo by Naina Woker, BHS  Tuxedo Bees – Photo by Haley Brown, BHS