SEF thanks supporters of the Bee

Above: The Progressive Spellers may not have been the best spellers, but at least they tied for 2nd place in the team costume competition. (Contributed Photo)

Southborough Education Foundation asked me to share a Bee-lated wrap up of February’s Spelling Bee, with a thank you to their supporters.

There was drama at the 7th Annual SEF Spelling Bee. Reigning champions of the last two years (Word Nerds) vied for a 3rd win and a promised promotion to event judges for future contests.

It came down (as it always does) to one word. Nainsook was the word that unseated the champs.

The win went to Orthographic Anthophila (roughly translated as spelling bees) a tutoring team from Chyten Education. Arthur Clay, Priscilla Olson and Ashley Turnereach won a $300 Amazon gift card, and, more importantly, bragging rights.

The evening’s competition included 19 teams with 57 contestants from Southborough and surrounding towns.

SEF asked to publicly thank the people and sponsors who made the event a success. (click flyer to enlarge):

In addition to competitive spelling, the crowd joined in a big thank you to two of our retiring judges, Neary Principal Linda Murdock and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Gobron. They have long been supporters of the Bee and the Southborough Education Foundation, and we are in debt to their generosity. Many other folks contributed to this year’s Bee, including our 3rd judge, Donna McDaniel from the Northborough-Southborough Villager and the Master of Ceremonies Bruce Werner.

The Spelling Bee was a huge success for the Southborough Education Foundation (SEF) and raised more than $25,000 to be used to fund creative programs in the Southborough public schools. We had many generous sponsors for the Bee that helped meet our fundraising goals. They are the driving financial force behind the grants SEF will be giving to innovative teachers in Southborough Schools coming this May. For information about SEF, the grants we fund and how to make a donation, please visit

SEF would like to thank all those who supported the Bee and helped make it such a success for our schools. Please see the attached flyer for a list of our generous sponsors. Thank you!

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