by Grace Hatton, staff writer
Sage Café was abuzz with excitement last Thursday as the 5th Annual Campuswide & Intergenerational Spelling Bee took place. Nine teams representing various parts of the campus such as the Creative Writing and Biology departments and the College Press competed in the annual event organized by the Writing Center. The hosts of the event were sophomore Megan Gallagher, who sported adorable pink bunny ears for the event, and senior Stephen Van Gordon, who sported an equally sensational straw hat. Members of the Writing Center crew joined in the fun by boasting outfits that would make a disco ball jealous.
The spelling bee consisted of a sample round and then seven rounds of friendly competition. The audience leaned in as Debra Allbery, the director of the Wilson MFA program, read out the words and their definitions. The words needing to be spelled ranged from marshmallow to peristalsis. When a team member spelled a word correctly a lively melody was played on the piano and the crowd erupted with applause. However when a word was spelt incorrectly a gloomy tune emerged from the ivory keys and “awws” filled the room.
Out of the seven rounds the words that tripped up the contestants were bellwether, deliquesce, picayune, fiduciary, noumenal and sidereal. Yet no team went home empty handed—all the losers received gift bags; the team that placed in third earned Ultimate Ice Cream; the second place team won chocolate from the Chocolate Lounge and Diadasia, the winning team, won a dinner for three at Doc Chey’s. Thanks to their win, team Diadasia, which consisted of Marie Orton, Natasha Shipman and Amy Boyd are also entered in the upcoming “Bring it to the Bee” spelling bee hosted by the Literacy Council Buncombe County.
“Bring it to the Bee” will take place April 11 at the Ferguson Auditorium at the AB-Tech campus from 6:30-8:30 pm. The Wilson Step Team will also be performing at “Bring It to the Bee” and the ticket cost for audience members is $5.