The Worthington Community Spelling Bee is 19 years old and continues to be fantastic.

To the editor:

The Worthington Community Spelling Bee is 19 years old and continues to be fantastic. Thanks to the Worthington Education Foundation, which comprises Leadership Worthington alumni, our event was well-attended by teams for every age group - kindergarten to adult.

Leadership Worthington is so grateful for the many partnerships of the schools, local businesses, alumni, civic associations and our sponsors.

The 7 p.m. community bee recognized past winners - OCLC team in first place, OSU College of Optometry in second, Linworth Alternative Program High School team (sponsored by Worthington-Linworth Kiwanis) in third, Worthington City Schools food service (sponsored by Limbach) in fourth place, and Worthington Noon Lions Club (sponsored by Fahey Bank) in fifth place.

Judges for this year's fun competition were Marc Schare, Worthington school board member, Scott Highley, Worthington fire chief, and Tom Carter, co-owner of The Shops at Worthington Place. Other judges were three librarians: Ann Pechacek, Heather Webb and Christiana Congelia. Buzzing as the bee were Naomi Barker and Michele Franke. Timers were Janet Ellis and Craig Carlson.

Worthington Leadership wants to thank all who sponsored this worthy event. Team sponsors were BNI Cap City, OCLC, Park National Bank, Dr. Tony Lordo, D.D.S., OSU College of Optometry, Fahey Bank, McConnell Arts Center, Worthington Jewelers, Tilton's Automotive Service, Worthington-Linworth Kiwanis, DeVry University and Keller School of Management, WEA, Dublin-Worthington Rotary, Limbach, Clark, Schaefer, Hackett and Co., Greater Worthington Area Realtors, JoAnn Labuda-Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty, WKHS PTO, Leadership Worthington board of trustees, Dr. Tara Haid, D.D.S., Friends of the Worthington Libraries, Pharmaceutical Horizons.

Team prizes were donated by Worthington Libraries, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Fifth Third Bank, Insight Bank, Huntington Bank, Worthington Community Center, House Wine, The Andersons general store, Holiday Inn Connections Cafe, Worthington fire station, Max & Erma's and the McConnell Arts Center.

Food was provided by Worthington Pizza Primo, Willow Brook Christian Home and Linda Smith.

Raffle prizes and gift cards were graciously donated by Cachet salon, First Watch, McConnell Arts Center, Super Games, Cameron Mitchell Restaurant, Trader Joe's, Worthington Police Dept. (Ride-Along), Family Video and Greg Giessler.

See you next March at the bee. Call (614) 450-6057 to hear more about our continuing youth (eighth grade to high school) and adult leadership programs throughout the year or visit

Joan B. Bird
Executive director,
Leadership Worthington