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They are smarter than preschoolers
The Early Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties had its "Are You Smarter Than a Preschooler?" adults only spelling bee at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, west of Masaryktown, on Aug. 1.
Twelve teams, each with four spellers, went head to head in the competition, with three rounds of increasingly difficult words. The winning team, Kierzynski & Associates, CPA, received the Ultimate Speller trophy by correctly spelling the word "ululation," a long, high-pitched sound. The trophy will be passed on to future spelling bee winners.
Royce Decker, master of ceremonies, awarded the Farrelly Family (a.k.a. the Hawaiian Hooligans), the Spirit Award for being the team with the most enthusiasm and spirit. The team finished the competition in third place.
Ballpark Auctions coordinated a live auction with more than 20 items that generated $2,395 in proceeds.
The event generated more than $7,000 in total proceeds, which will be used for the School Readiness program, which provides subsidized child care for income-eligible families who are working or are in school.
The was coordinated by coalition board member Dr. Bonnie Clark and former board member Ann-Gayle Ellis.