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LWV Team Wins White Plains Library Spelling Bee

From left, co-chair Beth Roach, Mayor Tom Roach, the winning team of Barbara Cooper, Stephen Cohen, Jennifer Watts and co-chair Beth Kava.
From left, co-chair Beth Roach, Mayor Tom Roach, the winning team of Barbara Cooper, Stephen Cohen, Jennifer Watts and co-chair Beth Kava. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Twenty=two teams of three members each competed for the championship in the White Plains Public Library Spelling Bee on Friday, March 11, in the Highlands Middle School auditorium.

Mayor Thomas Roach was the master of ceremonies and White Plains City Judge Jo Ann Friia, White Plains High School English teacher Nicole Reis and Library Director Brian Kenney were the judges. The event was co-chaired by Beth Kava and Beth Roach.

There were raffle ticket and refreshments on sale with all proceeds from the evening benefiting “The Hub” a new adult space within the White Plains Library.

The Hub is being supported by a $1 million gift to the White Plains Library Foundation from anonymous donors; an additional $500,000 being raised by the Foundation through the Campaign for The Hub; and funds from the City of White Plains and the State of New York.

Community organizations, friends and local teenagers all made up the teams.

The White Plains League of Women Voters team consisted of board members Barbara Cooper, Jennifer Watts and Stephen Cohen.

The words got increasingly more difficult and eventually there were only five teams left in the championship round.

It came down to the last word, “mnemonic” and the League of Women Voters of White Plains spelled it correctly and won the championship. Each team member received a stuffed “Bee” to commemorate their victory.

"It was a wonderful, fun evening filled with a strong sense of community," said Janice Abbott, president of the League of Women Voters of White Plains.

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