The Master of Ceremonies was Matt Scott of Fox Connecticut News and Queen of the Hive was Ann Nyberg, anchor of WTNH news. Here the duo take a selfie with the Jazzerbees, represented and sponsored by Jazzercise.
Judges for the event were (from left) State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield, New Haven Fire Chief Allyn Wright, and Stacey Spell, director for Community Life for Community Builders/Kensington Square.
Bringing the ceremonial "Books of Words" to the stage.
Word Master & Judge Ray Andrewsen, general manager of WQUN, accepts the "Book of Hellacious Words."
The "Dictionfairies" was composed of staff members at Connecticut Voices for Children.
Dr. Thomas Lynch, director of the Yale Cancer Center, which sponsored the "Miss Spellin' Bees."
"The Fierce Feuilletons" from the Yale School of Management had the correct spelling of "mawkish."
The "Spellcheckers."
The "Allez Hop!" — sponsored by Hopkins School and made up of faculty members — came up with a correct spelling of "perspicacious."
Mary Mumper, a tutor at New Haven Reads and a representative of Higher One, the presenting sponsor of the spelling bee.
The "Princesses," sponsored by Webster Bank, was composed of University of New Haven students. Here they have an incorrect spelling of "cairn" (but a nice drawing of a cat).
The Best Team Name winners: "Spellabrate," represented and sponsored by Covidian.
The Best Costume winners: "Bee Witches," represented and sponsored by Cedarhurst School and the Yale School of Management.
The "Queen Bees" received the Most Spirit award.
Spell, Scott, and Nyberg picking winners of the raffle.
The "Type-O's" correctly spelled the winning word "fyrd," which refers to the local militia of an Anglo-Saxon shire, in which all freemen had to serve. They were sponsored by the NewAlliance Foundation.
The high school team that got the furthest in the competition was the "ABeeCaesars" from High School in the Community.
"The Type-O's," this year's winning team, with Nyberg, Scott, and Andrewsen.
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New Haven Reads' third annual Community Spelling Bee

New Haven Reads, founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants. The spelling bee, which took place on Oct. 24 at Bucknall Theatre at the Universiy of New Haven is an annual event that, organizers say, aims to put the "fun" in fundraiser.