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Foundation for Belmont Education Spelling Bee 2018

FBE Spelling Bee Mascot More than 700 students from kindergarten to grade six competed at the 18th annual Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) Spelling Bee held on November 3 at Chenery Middle School. The Klueless Coyotes team spelled “schism” correctly and became the 2018 winning team. The Klueless Coyotes are sixth graders Billy Hendrickson, William Hou, William Lin, and Anthoney Lou. The runner-up team is Ms. Spellers, comprised of sixth graders Sarah Boss, Abbie Deng, Amelie Kim, and Maya Ramanathan.

FBE Spelling Bee 2018 Winners Klueless Coyotes The event raised more than $20,000 for the Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE). All spellers receive a gift for participating in the Bee. The winners of the competitive Swarms receive a trophy and a $100 monetary prize from Belmont Savings Bank, and runners-up receive a $25 gift certificate from Belmont Books.

Sparkle Spellers and Purrfect Cats introduce themselves to the Bee audience The K-4 swarms, as the teams are called, are non-competitive, and grade five and six swarms are competitive. Word lists are available to participants to review at home and with their team. On the day of the Bee, the teams are given words from the list to write on a team whiteboard. Encouraged to dress to show team spirit and come up with creative swarm names, the participants obliged with swarm names such as Miss-BEE-havers, To be or not to bee, and Bee Witched to name a few.

BeeGLes and Cool Bees Teams The evening’s hosts were Butler School Physical Education Teacher Ted Trodden, Belmont Community Outreach Librarian Mary Carter, and Belmont High School Social Studies Teacher Allison Ruane. The Panel was comprised of School Committee Members and other local FBE supporters.

Team Green and Cheetahs Team FBE Bee Co-Chairs, Laurie Bufano and Barbara Bulfoni, thank everyone involved who helped make this year’s Bee a success, “We had an amazing day at the 2018 FBE Spelling Bee,” says Bufano. “Thank you to the more than 700 spellers and their families for coming out to participate. We would like to thank our Bee planning team for countless hours of thoughtful preparation, the FBE Board of Directors, and the army of volunteers who made it all possible. Thank you to our cast of celebrity hosts, panelists and guest speakers, the Belmont Public Schools, Chenery staff, community members and the FBE's sponsors and donors for making the 2018 FBE Spelling Bee a tremendous success. The FBE is celebrating 25 years of making a difference in the Belmont Public Schools and we greatly appreciate all those who have supported us along the way.” 

Powerful Pandas Team Panel:

Catherine Bowen, Belmont School Committee

Susan Burgess-Cox, Belmont School Committee

Colleen Cox, Teacher, Kindergarten, Mary Lee Burbank School

Laurie Graham, FBE Supporter and Volunteer

Johnathan Hartunian, Lower School Assistant Principal, Chenery Middle School

Dori Pulizzi, Teacher, English/Social Studies, Grade 5, Chenery Middle School

Joanna Tzouvelis, Senior Multimedia Journalist, Wicked Local Belmont, and Belmont Citizen Herald, Associate Producer and Reporter for Belmont Journal

Amy Zuccarello, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Bee Keeper Sponsors:

Century 21 Adams Lawndale
Orthodontics of Cambridge

FBE Investors in Education:

Belmont Orthodontics and Belmont Pediatric Dentistry
Belmont Savings Bank Foundation
Belmont Smiles and Pediatric Dental Arts
Bennett Family Eye Care
Cityside Subaru
Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty


BHS students Perry Sullivan and Sam Thompson

FBE Spelling Bee Mascot  FBE Spelling Bee 2018 Winners Klueless Coyotes  Sparkle Spellers and Purrfect Cats introduce themselves to the Bee audience  BeeGLes and Cool Bees Teams  Team Green and Cheetahs Team  Powerful Pandas Team