Having Fun While Helping
One of the fun community events that occur each year in Marshall is the Corporate Spelling Bee to raise funds for the Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council. Marshall businesses/institutions pay an entry fee in order to have a team compete to be named the best spellers in Harrison County. ETBU sends a team of spellers each year and a group to cheer on the team.
This year’s Spelling Bee team of Elizabeth Ponder, Manager of Instruction and Information Services for the Mamye Jarrett Library, Dr. Emily Prevost, Director of Leadership Development, and Dr. Mary Thompson-Price, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, came back to defend the title they had won in 2012. ETBU also won the title in 2010.
Unfortunately, the team went out in a difficult round that saw six other teams exit as well. The word that ETBU misspelled was narcissistic. The Tigers did come away with an award from the event.
The ETBU cheering section of 16 supporters and Tiger mascot, “Toby” was on hand to cheer loudly and enthusiastically for the ETBU Bee team of three. At the end of the event, ETBU was awarded the Spirit Award.
ETBU alum Brad Howlett was the master of ceremonies for the event. The winning team of Brenda Bolton, Anna Lane, and Laurie Thompson, from the City of Marshall won by spelling, “euthanasia.”
Other teams in the competition were Bancorp South, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Good Shepherd Medical Center, Heart’s Way Hospice, KMHT, Marshall Independent School District, Marshall Lions Club, Marshall News Messenger, Republic Industries, Rotary Club of Marshall, Texas State Technical College, Waskom Independent School District and Wiley College.
Competing in the Corporate Spelling Bee is not the only way that ETBU supports the Marshall- Harrison County Literacy Council. This past year ETBU donated computers for use in the teaching lab of the center.