Scenes from the 2019 New Haven Reads Spelling Bee
Spell Behaved Women, Bee Turn of the Jedi, Bee True to Your School, Bee-m Me Up Scotty, Wanna-Bees, and the Buzzwords — these were just a few of the more than 40 punningly titled teams that competed in the eighth annual New Haven Reads Spelling Bee. Held on Oct. 25 at the Yale School of Management, the community spelling competition raised $34,000 to support literacy programs for New Haven students.
The event was hosted by WTNH television anchors Ann Nyberg and Keith Kountz, and judges included New Haven Senator Gary Winfield and Officers Martin Parker and Martha Cedeno-Ross of the Yale Police Department’s Community Engagement Team.
The winning team was Beeddikulus, who represented the Hopkins School, a private day school in New Haven. The winning word was “numnah”: a sheepskin or foam pad that is placed under a riding saddle.