Dozens of people, including students and faculty got to push their vocabularies to their limits Monday night in the third annual Chappaqua Spelling Bee.
The bee, which provided for an occasion to dress up in quirky costumes, was held in the Horace Greeley High School gym before a packed crowded. It is backed by the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund (HGSF) and by Horace Greeley High School's SHARE club (it stands for Students Have a Responsbility Everywhere).
This year's bee was a big milestone for fundraising. Emily Burack, a Greeley senior and co-president of SHARE, said that before the event itself they raised more than $15,000. The total, however, did not include proceeds from tickets and concessions, she explained.
Burack, who's in her second year for organizing the bee, says she will miss it.
"It was an honor," she said about this year's bee and last year's.
The HGSF provides college financial aid to Greeley graduates, with the bee acting as a fundraiser for the group.
The bee included rounds for high school students, middle school students and adults, with the winner of each facing off in an age-neutral final round. This year's winning group is The Informants, made up of Chappaqua Library staff members Martha Alcott, Miriam Lang Budin and Teresa Bueti.
The bee attracted dozens of sponsors including residents in the district and businesses in Chappaqua, Millwood and Mount Kisco.
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