Needham Spelling Bee has residents ‘buzzing’

“The Three Chocolatiers” from Eliot School get a thumbs up for a correct answer. (Paul Goldberg/Hometown Weekly)

By Josh Perry
Hometown Weekly Staff

The Needham Education Foundation’s annual Spelling Bee was held this past Sunday in the Needham High gym and once again the event was filled with eager teams of spellers from all grade levels, local businesses, teacher and school officials, community organizations, and residents looking to prove that they are the top spellers in town.

For the second year in a row, a team of High Rock and Pollard teachers took home the title.

The team of Anna Kuebler, Caitlin Harding, and Maryellen Shea clinched back-to-back titles by correctly spelling “catarrh,” which means an “excessive discharge or buildup of mucus in the nose or throat, associated with inflammation of the mucous membrane.”

The High Rock/Pollard teachers edged out the Needham High Student Council team in the championship round.

The elementary school winners were the Hillside Yellow Jackets, comprised of Omri Sde-Or, Ariel Berk, and Larisa Badawi.  The Yellow Jackets won by correctly spelling “chauffeur.”

According to the NEF, there was a typically large turnout for the event. Needham High alum and WHDH TV-7 reporter Kimberly Bookman was among the pronouncers and Gary Gillis entertained the crowd once again.

See more photos from the Spelling Bee below:

Josh Perry is an Editor at Hometown Weekly. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

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