McKinney, Texas – Watching a typical Spelling Bee is about as exciting as watching paint dry, but last Thursday, Emcee Colin Wells (the host of McKinney Education Television) did a fabulous job of setting the tone for the event which was energetic, to say the least. Supporters dressed up in team colors and costumes; “clapped” their MEF clappers and cheered on their team’s spellers in rowdy fashion. As the first team used a mulligan to pass a difficult word on to another team, it was made apparent that the idea of a nice ‘friendly competition’ had been thrown out onto the Eldorado Country Club Golf green.
All the teams put up a great fight, but it was the Radical Reciters (sponsored by Raytheon and whose fans won the Spirit Stick) and the Mathsters of the Universe team (sponsored by Parker Mathematics Consulting) who were neck-and-neck up until the bitter end. Ultimately, Mathsters of the Universe (Phil Parker, Pastor Tommy Brumett, Mark David) prevailed, but Raytheon is already talking about a re-match in 2012.
After the Bee, MEF Executive Director, Melanie Perkins observed, “What an exciting way to raise money for MEF! In its first year back, it looks like our Bee for Scholarships will bring in close to $14,000. We are so grateful to our sponsors and everyone who participated; we can’t wait to do it again next year!”
Additional participating teams: McKinney Council Literates sponsored by City of McKinney; McKinney Fire Department sponsored by First United Bank/Minnis Family Endowment; McKinney Chamber Wired Wordsmiths sponsored by Encore Wire; I Bee Spellers sponsored by Independent Bank; The LitiGators sponsored by Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon & Roberts, P.C.; A+ Orthographers sponsored by Academics Plus; Sunrise Rotary Flag Waver Spellers sponsored by Sunrise Rotary ; The Defending Champs sponsored by Samaritan Inn; Sperry Spellers sponsored by Neil Sperry’s Gardens Magazine; Cool Cats in the Hats (with their Eyes on the Prize) sponsored by Heritage Eye Center. Event Sponsors: Luncheon Sponsor: Gay, McCall, Issacks, Gordon & Roberts, P.C.; Elimination Gong Sponsor: Nissan of McKinney/McKinney Buick GMC; Centerpiece Sponsor: A Twist of Lime Floral Design, Audience Spell Sponsor: LegacyTexas Bank, and Audience Spell Prize donated by Sharla’s Boutique.
The Texas Education Agency approved a waiver to excuse students from making up four out of the six days lost due to inclement weather this winter. The majority of school districts in North Dallas were affected by snow and ice causing dangerous road conditions. Students will only be required to make up two of the six days, which will occur on McKinney ISD's previously scheduled bad weather make-up days (April 22, 2011 and May 20, 2011).