It took 20 words in the sudden death round to declare a top team in Read for Life ‘s corporate spelling bee, held Thursday at First Presbyterian Church.
But in the end, the team from The Courier pulled away from the Marathon Petroleum Co. team to walk away with this year’s trophy. Marathon won the contest last year.
In all, 14 community teams participated in the 25th annual corporate spelling bee, which used the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee material and was presented by LaRiche Toyota Subaru.
Members of The Courier team included Sara Arthurs, Jim Maurer and Eric Schaadt who correctly spelled the word “rappelled” in the 20th round of sudden death competition to become the champion spellers, besting members of the Marathon team which included Brian Buckley, Dave Burget, Paula McRill, Dave Reynolds, Emily Rockwell and Macy St. Clair.
The event, held at First Presbyterian Church, is the primary fundraiser for Read for Life (Literacy is for Everyone), an adult literacy program which provides reading instruction through trained volunteers. The organization was established in 1987 and was initially funded by the Findlay Service League. The first spelling bee was held two years later.