With 10 teams registered, this week’s 2016 Kootenai County Adult Spelling Bee is shaping up to be the biggest ever. The spelling bee will be held at a luncheon Thursday at North Idaho College. There will be plenty of FREE gallery seating available for friends, family and the general public. “And if we run out of chairs, we will bring in more,” says Lynn Brooks, president of the Coeur d’Alene branch of AAUW. The local branch sponsors the event each year to raise money for local scholarships at local colleges. The bee starts at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and will be over by 1:30.
This year’s bee may be a face-off of two previous winners. Both the “Bee’s Knees,” from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church—which won last year—and “Eleemosynary,” the 2014 winner from North Idaho Eye Institute, will be back. They can expect plenty of competition from these additional teams--“Wordly Women,” Spokane branch of AAUW; “Nerdy Wordsters,” City of Post Falls; “Hive Mind,” AGC Aerocomposites; “Let it Bee,” Gonzaga University; “Bee-Dazzled,” North Idaho College; “Ladies of Locution,” Kootenai County Auditor’s Office; “Allergeeks,” ALK Source Materials; and “The Killer Bees,” North Idaho Retired Educators’ Association.
Question: Are you a good speller?