LIVINGSTON COUNTY — One of the premier area charity fundraisers had community members buzzing over tough words. It was this year's Catholic Charities spelling bee.
Numerous local organizations and schools entered teams in the competition, but the "New Orthographers" from the Livingston County Department of Social Services, sponsored by the Jones and Skivington lawfirm, emerged victorious.
The winning team, comprised of Andrew Timm, Alicia Andrest, and Amanda Cayouette, clinched their victory by correctly spelling the word "Powhatan," the name of an American Indian tribe. The second place team, the Avon Angels, comprised of Sr. Karen Dietz, Barbara Herman, and Ben Siragusa, lost on the word "bowdlerize".
The event included a spaghetti dinner, and is one of the major contributors to Catholic Charities' annual budget. Co-emcees for the evening were WHAM 13 Anchor, Don Alhart, and Wes Kennison from SUNY Geneseo.
Congratulations to all the teams that participated:
FINAL ORDER OF FINISH:
1.The New Orthographers, Department of Social Services sponsored by Jones & Skivingtson, Andrew Timm, Alicia Andrest and Amanda Cayouette.
2. Avon Angels, St. Agnes & Joseph's Hammer Ministry, Sr. Karen Dietz, Barbara Herman and Ben Siragusa.
3. St. Agnes School, Victoria Rose, Melissa Savino and Catherine Dickinson.
4. Livonia Rotary, Rev. Dan Finch, Ralph Parker and John Connelly
5. Dougherty's Diggers, Kevin w. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., Mike Dougherty, Alice Miller-Nation and Deacon John Hoffman.
6. Geneseo Rotary, Tim Hayes, Nancy Stewart, Sid Symington, and John Lanpher (alternate).
7. Penny Saver Fillies, Genesee Valley Pennysaver, Carole Bennett, Audrey Blount and Janet Olexy.
8. Genesee Valley Guud Spehellers, Genesee Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ford, Dom Genova, Nita Genova and Francesca Genova.
9.Dansville Rotary, Jenni Leuzzi, Madison Keogan and Christine Gunn.
10. Mighty Mighty Mustangs, Dansville High School sponsored by Main Tire, Emily Wolf, Anicasia Rosario, Sarah Dziekonski.
11. Team Cycle Craze Spinning Spellers, Meghan Bucci, Kristen Scoville and Daphne Allan.
12. American Rock Salt, Kathleen O'Hara, Katrina Loxcombe and Tricia Cutting.
13. Nunda Rotary Interact, Blaithe Donovan, Sara Link and Mariah Barranco.
14. York Central School, sponsored by Scott Padgett, Derek Dougal, Robert Mankoff and Kelsey Thompson.
15. Mt. Morris High School, sponsored by Elam Materials, Cynthia Kuehn, Alexander Matagne and Thomas Nichols.
16. Avon Rotary, Dr. Robert Hayes, Dr. Jim Tompsett and Helen Zamboni.
17.Team Toshiba, Toshiba Business Solutions, Jeff Fasoldt, Mark McDowell and Kim Mitchell.
18. Nunda Rotary, Brenda Weaver, Alex Pierce, Anita Buchinger, and Doris Marsh (alternate)
19. Geneseo Kiwanus, Holly Mullin, Ron Palmer and Jon Porter.
20. The Arc-hive's, Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, Katie Tobin, John Prospero and Chris Peterson.
21. Geneseo High School, sponsored by Bank of Castile, Kelsey Marnon, Saarah Shakeel, Ben Kelly and Kyle Fletcher (alternate).