To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of Laconia High School's English Department, I'd like to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone who made our first Team Spelling Bee possible.
Keith Murray from WEMJ radio was instrumental in the production and promotion of the event. His dedication to local sports and news is unmatched in the Lakes Region.
Sarah Gray, owner of Body Covers Screenprinting & Embroidery, donated T-shirts for the event and served as a pronouncer on our panel. Two other pronouncers, Karen Bassett, owner of Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, and Greg Packard, manager of Burrito Me, graciously donated door prizes. The role of pronouncer is daunting — especially when the competition is broadcast live. These three members of our local business community deserve much of the credit for the event's success.
Our fourth pronouncer was Mayor Ed Engler, and his enthusiasm was contagious. Ed's contribution to our students' educational experience proves his commitment to our city.
Ken Martin from Laconia's Huot Technical Center engraved our winners' plaque. Steve Bouffard from Laconia High School designed our posters.
Showcasing our young learners' academic achievements was not the only success of the night. The Spelling Bee collected 286 jars of peanut butter and jelly for Laconia's "Got Lunch!" program. "Got Lunch!" also collected $200 in cash donations. Thank you to all the "Got Lunch!" volunteers for your tireless effort in feeding our students.
Laconia High School's Team Spelling Bee proved the power of meaningful collaboration between our public schools and our community leaders.
Thank you so much, and see you next year.
English Department Chair
Laconia High School
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