SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Following inclement weather that forced the postponement of the annual Friends of the Scarsdale Public Library Adult and Teen Spelling Bee, local officials have rescheduled the popular event for next week.
The Spelling Bee - originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5 - had to be postponed when Mother Nature dropped nearly a foot of snow in the lower Hudson Valley two weeks ago. With the weather now clear, it has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 in the Scarsdale High School auditorium.
The sixth annual Spelling Bee is shaping up to be one of the largest, with teams of up to three participants competing against each other for academic and spelling supremacy, with the grand prize winners claiming a pair of Bose headphones for their victory.
The Bee will be conducted in two rounds. In the first, teams will spell words on a dry erase boards, with team members collaborating amongst themselves before reaching a consensus. The second, which will represent the semifinals, when there is no more than four teams remaining, will be a verbal competition.
In addition to the entertaining spelling bee, there will be moments of audience participation, raffles, prizes, refreshments and a silent auction for those in attendance at the high school.
As has become tradition, Ed Coleman, the voice of the New York Mets, will emcee the event. Susan Groner, a returning competitor that has participated in many Bees, said that the night makes for a good night of fun for participants and observers alike.
"The Spelling bee is lots of fun for teams, and the audience who can play along to test their own spelling skills," she said. "The competition is really very impressive."