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Dewey's Decimators Chris Mentrek, Victor Rosenberg and Susan Marshall proudly display the Big Plastic Bee Trophy, with Krista Hawthorne (at right), director of Reaching Heights.
Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee Trophy waits to be claimed by one of the 23 bee teams.
Pronouncer, Cynthia Booker who teaches Digital Video & Television Production at Heights High with Krista Hawthorne, Executive director of Reaching Heights.
Heights High percussionists parade the spelling bee teams into the auditorium to start the event.
Master of Ceremonies, Steve Presser in his letter jacket is on stage at the newly renovated Heights High with the 2018 spelling bee teams.
The Coventry Word Outlaws, Ben Rossa, Cynthia Larsen, and Suzanne DeGaetano sing the spelling of their word to be forgiven for one spelling error.
Ain't Mis-BEE-havin' is the bee team representing Noble Elementary School's PTA with spellers PTA Member, Leslie Tyson, Principal Rachael Coleman, and Family Engagement Coordinator, Lisa Hunt.
The Boulevard Real Spellers, Lee Zickel, Marc Lefkowitz, and Nat Morehouse sing their spelling to survive another round.
The Winners again!
New team, G.I.R.L. Scouts, dressed as superheroes and made it through three rounds in the 2018 competition.
Gearity's Got Game had a great team with Principal Katrina Hicks, PTA President Lyneesha Hamilton, teacher Harron Hartig, and South Euclid Councilman Marty Gelfand.
The Mayors team: Jane Goodman, South Euclid Councilperson, representing Mayor Georgann Welo; Carol Roe, Mayor of Cleveland Heights;and Michael Dylan Brennan, Mayor of University Heights.
Cleveland Heights Teachers Union team of 2 - teachers Karen Rego and Fiona Connor.
Reaching Heights Board Secretary, Joyce Roper works with Heights students to pull the winning tickets for the beautiful raffle baskets!
The Heights High Women Barbershoppers performed at the 4th Round Break for an appreciative audience.
The BUZZwords from Noble Elementary School came prepared for the Music Round - Round 3.
Don't let the name fool you: the Know Knothings tied for 4th place this year.
The Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) sent Issa Augustin-Glave, Nick Munford, and Treasure Eiland to compete at the Bee.
Heights Middle & Rox El PTAs joined forces this year.
The VIP Bee Judges - Nancy Levin, Bob Swaggard, and Alisa Lawson-McKinnie.
Phairfax Spellurz sang their way through Round 3!
Pres-Bee Spellers from Forest Hill Church finished tied for 3rd place with the Barratrous Orthographers representing Squire, Patton & Boggs!
Steve Presser follows the competition closely.
TCO (Totally Classy Orthographers) represent the staff of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Upper Case representing Case Western Reserve University with spellers Lynn Singer, Walter Lambrecht, and Pat Crago, raised more than $1700 becoming the Fundraising Champion again this year.