When the Merit Construction team missed “ornithophilous,” Alcoa Rotary had their chance. They correctly spelled the word, then followed with a correct spelling of “catechumen” to take home first place in the Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee Saturday at Pellissippi State Community College.
The Rotary team was the last standing out of 15 teams that competed in the fund-raiser for the Blount County Literacy Council. Four teams made it through 8 rounds before the field was narrowed to two.
Spelling for Alcoa Rotary and proud winners of the trophy were Darcy Meijer and Susan McFalls. Both teach at Maryville College.
Spelling for Merit Construction and taking second place were Carl Gombert and Ashley Ward.
This is the 13th year for the adult spelling bee, which annually raises funds for the Blount County Literacy Council. The council is a non-profit group that seeks to raise funds and awareness to support the Adult Education Program of Blount County. They pay for educational materials, teachers’ salaries and computer technology and are an United Way agency.