ETBU Wins Spelling Bee!

Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Faculty/Staff, Honors, Just for Fun

Winning is spelled E-T-B-U.

True story.

How, you say? Well, for the second time in three years, ETBU has won the Corporate Spelling Bee sponsored by the Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council. The ETBU team out spelled 14 teams to claim the top prize at the annual competition held at the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church of Marshall on Friday.

We brought our “A” game this year with super spellers 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.

A Librarian, a Ph.D., and another Ph.D in Education. Game on!

The spelling bee came down to the ninth round before the teams from Bancorp South and KMHT 103.9 FM misspelled their words given to them by caller Dr. Scott Bryant, ETBU University Chaplain and Vice President for Spiritual Development. Then Dr. Thompson-Price was given the word, maelstrom, to spell for the win. After conferring with her teammates she confidently spelled the word correctly for the title of the 2012 Corporate Spelling Bee.

“I am experiencing a maelstrom of emotions,” said Dr. Thompson-Price after the competition.

Spelling skills and jokes? Game over!

All three of the members of the team said the competition was nerve racking spelling before such a large audience. “I can teach in front of a group of students with confidence but don’t ask me to spell in front of a whole bunch of people from the city of Marshall,” added Dr. Thompson-Price.

And on top of that, ETBU Administrative Assistant to the President Gaye Christy won the audience spell competition.

The fundraising competition and lunch benefits the Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council. ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sherilyn Emberton serves on the literacy council board of directors as vice president. ETBU Alum Brad Howlett was the master of ceremonies for the event.

Way to go ETBU! GO BLUE!

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