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Teachers spell V-I-C-T-O-R-Y at bee

February 17, 2001

Teachers spell V-I-C-T-O-R-Y at bee



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


Four North Hagerstown High School teachers spelled their way to victory Saturday in the hotly contested fourth annual A-B-C Adult Team Spelling Challenge.

"We didn't practice ... you just teach every day," said John Heuer, explaining his team's winning strategy.

Heuer and Angela Iannacci are both two-year team members. The team included Martha Cordova, who has been on the NHHS team all four years, and newcomer Kim Mazur.

"We came in third last year," Cordova said.

The competition is sponsored by The Herald-Mail Co. and the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Newspaper in Education program.

Held at the Washington County Technical High School, this year's challenge drew 36 teams which paid $100 each to compete.

Teams were eliminated once they made three mistakes. A balloons at each team's table was popped as words were missed.

Two hours into the contest, five teams remained, each with just one balloon left: South Hagerstown High School, The Hagers-town Exchange Club, Old Forge Elementary School, Washington County Licensing and Regulation and North High.

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Old Forge and South High both were fatally wounded on the word, "hemorrhage" while the Exchange Club dozed off on "somnolence."

Last to fall was the tenacious team from Washington County Licensing and Regulation, missing "vilification."

When the dust cleared, one balloon remained at the North High table, and that spelled victory. Earlier, the team muffed "mackerel" and "accommodate."

Plaques were awarded to the top five teams.

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