Student team takes spelling bee trophy

Release Date: September 15, 2009

PLAINVIEW – They battled through words like svelte, pharynx and oscilloscope, and in the end, it was the team of President’s Ambassadors who pulled out the win with the word “ambiguous” at Saturday’s Kappa Delta Pi Corporate Spelling Bee held at Wayland Baptist University.

The event featured eight teams, representing businesses and organizations from the community. Teams included Cargill Meat Solutions, PakMail FedUPS, South Plains College, Turpen Insurance/Legal Aid, Plainview Daily Herald, Rotary Club, Wells Fargo Bank and the Ambassadors, a group of juniors and seniors who represent the President in advancement and public relations roles throughout the year.

After an hour of spelling by teams, only the Herald spellers and the Ambassadors remained standing, and the rules changed slightly. The Herald team – composed of Rosemary Gonzales, Charles Lawson, Hayley Cox and Carmen Ortega – sailed through “conscientious,” while the Wayland quartet aced “chrysanthemum.”

Then the Herald stumbled on “metaphorical” and the Ambassadors picked up the word, then successfully spelled the final word, “ambiguous,” to take the win. Judges for the event were Dr. Estelle Owens, professor of history, and Dr. Barbara Carr, associate professor of education. Mike Fox served as pronouncer for the bee.

This year’s teams took advantage more of the special opportunities in the corporate bee, which allowed for additional donations to pass a word to another team or the next team in line. Those moves proved strategic for several teams, who avoided mishaps by adding to the fundraising coffers.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Kappa Delta Pi student scholarships and the Hale County Literacy Council, was successful on several different fronts according to organizers.

“It was awesome and so exciting to see how the community turned out to support our Kappa Delta Pi organization and The Literacy Council!” said Scheryl Scarborough, KDP sponsor and one of the newest faculty members in the School of Education. “The laughter and smiles reflected the fun atmosphere for all involved. I thoroughly enjoyed myself!”

The spelling bee preceded the third annual Plainview Pioneer Palooza, which featured games and activities hosted by WBU athletes for children of the community.