[Mary Beth Nolan for Shaw Media]
(Caption: Sophie McComb of the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy team collects her thoughts before spelling a word in the DeKalb County Community Spelling Bee in St. Mary's Activity Center on Thursday in Sycamore.)
Eleven teams with three members each competed for the spelling bee's grand prize: a traveling trophy, T-shirts and a pizza party. Kishwaukee Valley Orchestra won the bee, with Kishwaukee College coming in second and Club 55 coming in third. Students from Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb had the most “cheerleaders,” winning them a free pizza party. Spectators were able to participate in raffles and eat snacks as they cheered their teams on.
The winning team said that they relied mostly on luck and good memories to win the competition. Kate Lyn had extra motivation to win: her brother Andrew was on the second place team. In a very magnanimous decision, Kate Lyn plans on inviting her brother to the celebratory pizza party.
“When it came to spelling the words, I thought I remembered seeing mulct somewhere and tried not to second-guess myself with magnanimous,” Baker said. “Everyone did really well. It was scary to be up there, but being together, on a team really helped.”