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Spelling for Literacy

This Sunday, Jan. 30, the Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates will host its 9th Annual Adult Spelling Bee at the Canandaigua Academy.  Three Hobart students and HWS faculty members are participating in this fundraiser for the local non-profit literacy group. 

Caleb Campbell ’11, Michael Carr ’14 and Robert Dwyer ’14 will represent the Colleges’ students in the competition.

A faculty team named “The Mnemonic Plague” will be composed of Assistant Professor of Russian Kristen Welsh, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, and Ellen Mitchell, the wife of Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Kevin Mitchell. This team will represent the HWS chapter of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa.

“I love languages and have always been a spelling nerd, but have never actually participated in a spelling bee. I’m looking forward to the competition, especially since it’s for a good cause,” says Magee.

Professor of Biology Beth Newell motivated the HWS teams to compete this year. In addition to being a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Newell is also on the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates.

The competition consists of teams of three members. Each team raises $300 to enter into the competition, all of which goes to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates. Admission to watch the competition is free. Items donated by local merchants will also be raffled off at the event.

The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates is to provide adults with the literacy skills needed to reach their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and citizens.  The group works with adults learning English as a second language as well as native English speakers.  Learners meet with trained volunteer tutors.  Currently, several William Smith students are being trained as tutors.  For more information, you can check out the organization’s web site:  www.literacyvoc.org.

The spelling bee will take place at the Canandaigua Academy auditorium at 1 p.m.