CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Costumed contestants performed before a large crowd Monday in Horace Greeley High School's Fifth Annual Spelling Bee.
Contestants were divided into rounds by age, which included high schoolers, middle schoolers and adults. The winners of each round then vied for the title.
This year's winners are the girls of "Bee 10acious," a trio consisting of Greeley sophomores Meaghan Townsend, Stephie Shen and Kaylie Eiden. The students won following a sudden-death face off.
Spellers had to take on several seldom used words, including cytherean and quokka. During the middle school round, kids got to try a local word: Chappaqua.
The bee included prizes, a performance by student music group The Enchords and two costumed "bees."
The event was supported by a Greeley student club called SHARE - Students Have a Responsibility Everywhere - and included several local businesses as sponsors.
Eleanor Sadik-Khan, a senior with SHARE, said the event is a fundraiser for the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund , which supports students unable to afford college.
Fellow senior and SHARE member Emily Nagler said they raised more than $10,000, which does not included any proceeds from the night itself.
SHARE members involved with the bee were pleased with how it went.
“I think it went great,” Sadik-Khan said. She said there were a lot of teams and great spellers.
“I think it went really well," Nagler said. "I think it was a lot of fun and we definitely raised a lot of money.”
For sophomore and SHARE member Ellie Loigman, this year's bee was the first in which she was involved as an executive, which included planning. She described her experience as “a lot of fun.”
“It was really rewarding, too," Loigman added.
A photo gallery of the bee is attached to this story.
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