Three employees of the Worthington Libraries correctly spelled the name of a German-published travel guidebook to win the Worthington Community Adult Spelling Bee last week.

Three employees of the Worthington Libraries correctly spelled the name of a German-published travel guidebook to win the Worthington Community Adult Spelling Bee last week.

The team sponsored by Friends of the Worthington Libraries correctly spelled Baedeker, leaving them the last of 21 teams standing during the "spell-off" at Worthington Kilbourne High School on March 24.

The drawing of that word may have been lucky for the trio. They actually knew the spelling of the word, which had been on a list they studied the night before the Bee.

For several rounds leading up to the finals, the team had watched others go down after facing very difficult words such as cattarrhine and bilharziasis.

"Those last words had the roots of dead languages in them," winning speller Susan Sturgill said.

She works in circulation at the Old Worthington Library. Teammate Mandy Simon is a librarian at Northwest Library, and Mandy Knapp is a librarian at Old Worthington.

All three were Spelling Bee rookies, facing off against some teams that have competed each year, and some that were repeat winners.

The runner-up team was Don Mutti, Lisa Jordan, and Sylvia Jordan from the Ohio State University College of Optometry, which has sent teams to several past competitions.

In the final round, they misspelled siamang. The Friends team correctly spelled that word, which means a black-furred gibbon native to Malaysia. They followed with Baedeker to win.

To reach the final round, the librarians correctly spelled comfit, congregation, seismic, prophylactic. They used their one-time pass on the world querrelential.

The Bee is a single-elimination competition. Each team is given a word, its meaning, and hears it read in a sentence by the pronouncer.

The words become more difficult as the evening progresses.

Each year, the first team out wins a special prize of a dictionary. This year, that team was made up of three members of the Worthington Board of Education.

David Bressman, Charlie Wilson, and Julie Keegan misspelled millennium in the first round.

The second team out was the Dublin-Worthington Rotary team, which won several Bees in past years. Pierre Dominci, Doug Southgate, and Jim Farmer misspelled bellweather in the first round.

The first place winners won $50 gift cards from local banks, and the second place team took home $25 gift cards from Ruth's Chris Steak House.

The Bee is a project of Leadership Worthington.

This year's master of ceremonies was Worthington resident Amy Donovan from Radio 93.3.

Pronouncer was Krista Taracuk, librarian from Thomas Worthington High School.

Judges were Marc Schare, Worthington Board of Education member; Tony Lordo, a Worthington dentist; and Scott Highley, chief of the Worthington Division of Fire.