WALC Spelling Bee Raises Funds for Adult Literacy

- Dozens put their ABC's to the test today in an annual spelling bee, and while kids are normally bee contestants, this competition challenged adults' spelling abilities.

A team from Sheppard Air Force Base was one of 19 groups to participate in Wichita Adult Literacy Council's 17th Annual Adult Spelling Bee.

Our own Gwyn Bevel was the emcee for today's event.

The yearly competition raises money for the WALC, which helps about 800 adult students learn to read each year.

Cindy Price, WALC program manager, says, "Spelling and literacy go hand-in-hand, right? The spelling bee is a ton of fun! We have corporate sponsors that pay for teams and groups of three people work together to spell a word."

Funds raised today will help the WALC buy reading materials and train new tutors.

And a big congratulations goes out to the group from Midwestern State University, the winning team of today's spelling bee!

Faith Lutheran took home second place and Mike Payne's "Unlimited Fashion Outlet" team won third prize.

The winning word by the way: pilaster, an upright architectural member that is rectangular in plan and is structurally a pier but architecturally treated as a column and that usually projects a third of its width or less from the wall.

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