The Pearland ISD Education Foundation hosted a different kind of spelling bee at Dawson High School on Thursday, November 13th. Unlike most spelling bees, this competition was between teams comprised of prominent community members representing organizations such as City Council, Pearland Rotary, and the Pearland ISD School Board. More than 50 participants in all participated in the first annual Grown-Up Spelling Bee.
As expected, teams were asked to spell a word provided by the judges, but in exchange for donations teams could pass the word to another team or receive a new word entirely. A few teams even resorted to bribery to obtain easier words. Naturally, it was all in good fun, entertaining to watch, and raised extra money for the Education Foundation.
The competition was fierce, and hilarious, but in the end the Pearland ISD Special Programs Department team “Modified Spellers”, comprised of Dr. Michael Brandon, Dr. Janet Harry, and Randy Jordan, emerged victorious.
The runner-up team was none other than the City Council team comprised of council members Scott Sherman, Tony Carbone, and Greg Hill.
In addition to spelling prowess, teams also contended for the “Best Dressed”. While most of the teams embraced the honeybee theme, others included a Duck Dynasty team, complete with duck calls and a decoy. Emcee and “Beekeeper” Jim Johnson, a staff member of the Pearland Chamber, polled the audience to determine the costume trophy would go to the Sam Jamison Middle School team “Ain’t Mis Bee Havin”, comprised of Principal Sharon Bradley, Assistant Principal Martha Beaman, and Librarian Debbie McComb.
The Pearland ISD Education Foundation, which this event benefited, was founded in 2013. Its mission is to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and enhance opportunities for students. The Foundation will use the money raised to fund programs and activities which are not able to be funded through the district’s regular operating budget. To learn more about the Pearland ISD Education Foundation, visit their website at www.pearlandisd.org/foundation.