Geneva College took first place at the 12th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee held March 8 at Penn State Beaver.
The event benefited Adult Literacy Action, an organization that promotes literacy in Beaver County by providing free adult education and has served more than 700 adults at libraries and learning centers in the last year.
Pitting 14 teams of three from various companies and institutions against each other, the bee’s official pronouncer was Geneva’s own Dr. Howard Mattsson-Bozé. Geneva’s team—made up of Physical Plant Director Jeff Lydic, Education Professor Nancy Johnson and Publications Manager Evie Hemphill—spelled fickle, isthmus, cummerbund, wasabi, chignon, dinghy and presbyter correctly to advance to the final rounds.
Mattsson-Bozé made a comment before asking the Geneva team to spell the word presbyter because of Geneva’s affiliation with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Hemphill said she’s “not sure what he would have done if we’d gotten that one wrong.”
After seven rounds the two teams remaining were CareerLink and Geneva, and the rules were modified so that a team had to spell two words correctly in a row in order to win. Both teams were unsuccessful, so a sudden-death round ensued. After CareerLink missed its word, Geneva successfully spelled the winning word—rottweiler.