Spelling Bee Madness


The third annual Friends of the Scarsdale Library Spelling Bee will entertain the community on Friday, February 1 at 7:30 P.M. at the Scarsdale High School Auditorium (Brewster Road entrance). All are invited to cheer their favorite teams and to participate in interactive trivia games, a silent auction, and raffles while supporting the Library.

Amongst the twenty participating teams, five teams of teenagers, the highest teen participation ever, will strive to win the grand prize and bragging rights as Scarsdale’s best spellers. Reigning champions Lucas Meyer and Esther Sloan of Team Hip to Bee Square will do their utmost to defeat all comers.

Team U.S. Histor-Bee will consist of two Scarsdale High School students and their teacher, Dr. Dominique Padurano. “I’m delighted to participate in this event”, said Padurano, “both to share my love of orthography and to get to know a bit better two fine students, Noah Klayman and Rachael Pflaum, outside of the classroom setting. And, as the runner-up in the Sycamore Avenue Elementary School’s 1980 spelling bee, I’m hoping to avenge this decades-old disappointment!”

Junaid Chida and Meera Kymal will battle against their daughters Maleeha Chida and Viveka Kymal. Maleeha and Viveka made the final round last year, and they have set their sights on matching the first year win of Maleeha’s brother, Zohaib. See the Friends of the Scarsdale Library web page, http://scarsdalelibrary.org/friends/annual-spelling-bee, for a list of all participants.

Between rounds, audience members will have a chance to participate in lively trivia quizzes with prizes for the winners. Music and the emceeing of Ed Coleman, the radio voice of the New York Mets, will add to the festivities.

A silent auction and raffles will be run until the end of intermission. Featured auction items include a TestTakers SAT prep course valued at $1995, an iPad4, and Le Creuset enamel cookware. Raffle prizes include SoulCycle classes, baskets of children’s games, and more. The doors open at 6:45 PM for the silent auction and raffles.

The Friends are grateful for the generous support of the Spelling Bee’s sponsors. To date, the Platinum sponsor is Thomson Reuters. Diamond Level sponsors are Houlihan Lawrence, and Sara and Richard Werder. At the Gold Level, sponsors include Country Bank, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, Mercedes-Benz of White Plains, Paul Hastings LLP, Renu and Anil Lalwani, and Margaret and Larry Smith.

Admission to the Spelling Bee is $5, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Cash and checks will be accepted for raffles and silent auction bids.

The Scarsdale Public Library is located at 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, NY, 10583. Phone: (914) 722-1300. Website: www.scarsdalelibrary.org

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