Adult Spelling Bee Raises $13,000 For Classroom Grants

The team from West Johnston High was the winner of the 2018 JCEF Adult Spelling Bee. Photographed after the win (from left) are Executive Director of the Johnston County Education Foundation Brandy Crocker, West Johnston High Principal Jennifer Swartz, West Johnston High teacher Shannon Ferguson, Adult Spelling Bee announcer Drew Goettman, West Johnston High teacher Robert Cawthorn, West Johnston High teacher Heather Earp, West Johnston High teacher Brad Deen, and Adult Spelling Bee mascot Blake Roberson.

Johnston County Schools educators, businesses, and community members came together to raise $13,000 at the Johnston County Education Foundation (JCEF) 2018 Adult Spelling Bee at Smithfield-Selma High.

The Adult Spelling Bee is one of the largest fundraisers JCEF puts on each year. Proceeds from the fundraiser go towards grants for teachers in Johnston County Public Schools.

Schools from around the district, as well as local businesses, competed to raise money for the education foundation.

“This is a fun night for everybody involved where we raise money for our classrooms,” said Brandy Crocker, Executive Director of the Johnston County Education Foundation. “The worse your spelling is, the more money we make.”

Whenever a team misspelled a word they had the opportunity to donate money to stay in the game. If the team decided not to pay they were eliminated.

West Johnston High defeated Corinth-Holders Elementary in the final round to win the 2018 Adult Spelling Bee.

The winning word for West Johnston High was “phytosuccivorous,” which means feeding on the sap of plants – used especially of an insect.

Adding to the evening’s fun, teams dressed in costumes and competed in a Best Costume and Team Spirit Competition.

The team from Grifols, dressed as the cast of The Wizard of Oz, won the best costume award. The team from Benson Elementary won the team spirit award.