SCARSDALE, N.Y. - After weeks of waiting, readying, reading and studying, the teams participating in the sixth annual Friends of the Scarsdale Library Adult and Teen Spelling Bee are ready to show off their spelling acumen.
Teams of up to three participants will compete against one another in the annual event on Friday night, with the victorious squad members each claiming a pair of Bose headphones as a grand prize for their spelling ability.
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, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Scarsdale High School.
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."