Northampton Spelling Bee tonight

  • Laurel Gardner, from left, James Pentland and Ellie Cook smile after winning the second round of competition during Northampton Education Foundation’s 15th Adult Spelling Bee Wednesday at JFK Middle School. The team went on to win the competition. JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 3/30/2016 10:06:05 AM

NORTHAMPTON — The 16th annual adult spelling bee will take place this evening, Wednesday, March 30, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s “Headliners,” will be defending their championship title.

The event will be held at JFK Middle School on 100 Bridge Road at 6 p.m. with a dinner at 5 p.m.

Last year’s winning word was daguerreotype, a long abandoned photography technique. Headliners spellers Ellie Cook, Laurel Gardner and James Pentland correctly spelled the word after missing three other words in a row: reboant, logaoedic and pargyline.

The event, which is sponsored by Easthampton Savings Bank and PeoplesBank, is a fundraiser for Northampton Education Foundation and its Small Grants for Teachers program. The grants support field trips and class projects in the public schools..

In 2015, $12,000 was raised.

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