Bronco Bees win Grown Up Spelling Bee

The “Bronco Bees” from Houston Methodist Sugar Land are the “Best Spellers in Fort Bend County.” The team of three spellers finished first in the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s annual Grown-Up Spelling Bee fundriaser last week. From left are Kathe Eggert, Literacy Council Executive director Terri Stuart, Ron Lewis, Mary Harris, Nancy Penney, Fallon Moody, Johnny Bravo, Ann Kingrey, and Lee Ivey, Jr.

The Literacy Council of Fort Bend issued the challenge seeking the Best Spellers in Fort Bend County. While six teams took up the challenge, only the Bronco Bees from Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital reigned supreme and were crowned the “Best Spellers in Fort Bend County” during the 12th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee benefiting the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County.

This is the second win for Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

This year’s event, sponsored by Houston Federal Credit Union, featured a lively in-person audience with six spelling teams plus over 500 virtual guests viewing the event via live simulcast at Quail Valley City Centre. The event was co-chaired by Ann Kingrey and Fallon Moody and raised over $25,000 to support adult education programs including English-as-a-Second-Language classes, High School Equivalency courses, and US Citizenship Interview and Exam Preparation. Back again to host the event was Johnny Bravo with returning Official Spelling Bee Judge Dr Lee Ivey, Jr., and Official Word Pronouncer Kathe Eggert.

“We are very excited about the results from this year’s event,” said Terri Stuart, Executive Director.

“The enthusiastic audience in attendance combined with our competitive teams, dedicated volunteers, plus the dedication and generosity of our supporters made this event truly successful and on behalf of the students we serve and we a deeply thankful for their contributions.”

Six teams competed to win a spot in the coveted Honey Hall of Fame and the Bee Trophy. This year’s Spelling Bee teams represented many local Fort Bend County businesses, nonprofits, and local community leaders such as “The Alpha Bettys” with Houston Federal Credit Union; “Spelltallica” sponsored by Costello, Inc.; “Highway to Spell” sponsored by Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital; “Team Access” sponsored by AccessHealth; “Bob’s Bees” sponsored by Bob & Pat Hebert; and “The RichmonarBuzz” with the City of Richmond Police Department sponsored by the Roberta K Randall Foundation.

Rounding out the success of the evening was a a record number of A-B-Cs of Literacy Letter Sponsors and plus enthusiastic Spectator Bees, and Hive Dive Buyers. Bee a Word Sponsors Anonymous Friends of Literacy; The Kristi Bajjali Group Coldwell Banker Realty; Kris Cobb; HR in Alignment; Ja Paula Kemp; Colleen Migl; Vincent Morales, Fort Bend County Commissioner Precinct 1; Suzanne Mottin; Angela Parker; Monica Rawlins, Judicial Candidate for the 328th District of Fort Bend County; RVOS Farm Mutual Insurance; Priti Singh; Terri & Jess Stuart; and Oscar Telfair, Candidate for Judge at Law No.2 Fort Bend County, Texas.

The mission of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is to improve family, community, and professional lives through adult literacy education. Last year the Literacy Council served over 300 adults through ESL, GED, and US Citizenship programs both in-person and online. Adult education programs are open to any adult who has the desire to improve their skills and expand their education.

For more information, please visit ftbendliteracy.org or contact the Literacy Council at 281-240-8181.

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