The 11th annual Spell-ebration Friday drew 12 adult and high school teams to raise money for local nonprofits.
The competition was held by the Rotary Club of Kelso at the Kelso Theatre Pub to raise money for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides participating children under 5 years old one free book per month. The county’s four rotary clubs partnered with the United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties to sponsor the program.
The Bumblebee Bugs beat out the other three high school teams for a scholarship from the Rotary. Castle Rock high school student Kaitlynne Stoneburner was joined by Erik Renter Friday evening after her other team members couldn’t make it. Stoneburner won the $500 scholarship.
The Hokey Pokeys, sponsored by the Child and Adolescent Clinic, won the championship round. Team members Kathy Patterson, Hannah Rishel and Angela Orth chose the Safe Kids Coalition to receive $500.
The Rosey Cacographers took second place and donated $250 to St. Rose School.
High school winner the Bumblebee Bugs took third and donated $150 to the Trimanders.
The Word Nerds, Jeanette Kleine, Anna Lunday, and Kaitlyn Williams, won Best Team Name.
The BEEtniks, Susan Wiltfong, Randi Gosselin, and Aly Claypool, clad in stripes, berets and sunglasses, won best costume.