Librarian Matt Riley and Syamantak Payra at Friendswood Library. Payra is wearing his two gold medals for outstanding speller in CCISD spelling bees.

Library to host first Adult Spelling Bee

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Librarian Matt Riley and Syamantak Payra at Friendswood Library. Payra is wearing his two gold medals for outstanding speller in CCISD spelling bees.

Librarian Matt Riley and Syamantak Payra at Friendswood Library. Payra is wearing his two gold medals for outstanding speller in CCISD spelling bees.

Adults who can spell well have a new opportunity to put this talent to use. The Friendswood Public Library is hosting its first Adult Spelling Bee at 2 p.m. Aug. 20, in the Community Room inside the library.

The event is free and the public is invited to watch the event.

Trophies for first, second and third places will be given. Participation is encouraged and there is no limit to the number of spellers for the bee.

The spelling bee is one with no eliminations. Winners are determined by a point system for all correctly spelled words.

Anyone one interested can pick up a spelling word list from the reference desk.

Librarian Matt Riley is working with champion speller Syamantak Payra to organize the event.

Payra has taught nine individual Summer Spelling Bee Workshops at the library this summer.

These classes were designed to help spellers learn language patterns – how to spell words from different languages of origin. His last workshop will be Aug. 15. A children’s spelling bee will be held on that date.

Payra won the Clear Creek ISD Spelling Bee and made it to the Championship round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2013.

“The library is grateful to Syamantak for his workshops this summer as well as his running the adult bee. He has done an amazing job,” Riley said. “We also thank Dunn Brothers for their generous donation of free coupons for each adult spelling participant.”

Story by Karolyn Gephart