20th Annual Adult Spelling Bee!

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    The fun begins at 2 PM on March 4 in the IHS Wellness Center Gym. Where will you 'bee'?

    2017 Highlights Below Buttons!
    • Spell

      Participate in the Bee by registering your team of three spellers.


    • Sponsor

      Sponsor a team or a speller, and support the Bee. All funds go directly to IPEI grants for teachers.


    • Spectate & More

      Learn more about our fun, family-friendly event and ways to support the Bee.

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    Don’t miss this year’s Silent auction!


    2017 Bee Highlights:

    IPEI’s 2017 Adult Spelling Bee featured 32 spelling teams– three team members each – with entry fees covered by many generous team sponsors. Teams  representing local businesses, schools, and community groups brought cheering sections as they battled it out to make it to the championship round vying for the Fuzzy Bee trophy. 

    The Bee’s event program is available online and in print.  Thanks to our generous event sponsors, all proceeds from the Bee directly fund grants for ICSD teachers with innovative ideas.

    Throughout the event that began at 2:00 p.m., a play area was available for children accompanied by a parent or caregiver. The Silent Auction included many wonderful items donated by these local businesses. Complimentary refreshments were provided by Cornell Catering, and a photo booth provided by Remembox was on site for spellers and spectators to capture their memories of the fun! The drawing of the winning ticket in the quilt raffle rounded out the fun.

    When IPEI was founded 20 years ago, Ralph Jones proposed adult spelling bees as fun fundraisers that would generate community support for ICSD teachers and students. This year’s Adult Spelling Bee honored his many years assisting with IPEI and its signature event; Jones presided as “King Bee”.

    To add another layer of challenge, the format for the final Championship round remained a surprise.  Words related to the Discovery Trail organizations were used and competitors needed to spell aloud, as in previous Spelling Bees.

    Contact the Spelling Bee Committee, ipei@ipei.org to get involved or with questions!


    IPEI News Features Fun Fundraising!

    ICTV Newswatch reported on the Bee

    Lake Street News recorded it live! Part 1 and Part 2




  • Learn about grants funded by the Spelling Bee

  • Bee Buzz

    Bee a part of the buzz! Follow what’s being said about the Bee by spellers, sponsors, and spectators, as well as by IPEI, ICSD, and community fans of IPEI grants and of spelling!

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  • Spectate & More

    Learn more about our fun, family-friendly event including food by Cornell Catering and a parent and child play area. Learn about other ways to support the Bee.

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  • Event Sponsors

    Thanks to all of our corporate sponsors whose support covers all event expenses so team sponsorships directly support grants for teachers.

    Blue Ribbon Champion Sponsor for 2017

    The Ainslie Reilly Group

    Red Ribbon Finalist Sponsor
        Gold Ribbon Sponsors
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    For more information or to make a donation to sponsor an individual or a team over the phone please call (607)256-4734


    Read about the 2016 Bee

    Congratulations to the IthacaSTEM Hexaplexes for winning the 18th Annual IPEI Adult Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 6 at the Ithaca High School Wellness Center Gym. Team members, Karen Trible, Suzanne Nussbaum, and Mark Chao won without a single misspell! Words they spelled correctly when other teams could not included idiosyncrasy, diphtheria, boutonniere, xerosis, zaibatsu, desiccant, and oeuvre.

    Nussbaum remarked as they were presented with the Fuzzy Bee Trophy: “It was a lot of fun. I wish I had participated in past years, too.” Trible explained that they did not have a study method that lead to their success, yet between them they know Latin, French and Greek. Chao said, “I am impressed with the amount of good will and spirit on display today with so many community members volunteering, making sponsorship donations, and cheering us on.”

    We Spell Krazy Good from WSKG, the Fine Arts Word Boosters, and Spellicans were the other teams that advanced from the four preliminary rounds to the championships.

    Ithaca Journal coverage: http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2016/03/08/hexaplexes-conquer-ithacas-adult-spelling-bee/81473818/

    Lansing Star coverage: http://www.lansingstar.com/around-town/12466-spelling-bee-success-for-spellers-and-education-grants

    Tompkins Weekly coverage: http://tompkinsweekly.com/news/2016/03/13/hexaplexes-triumph-adult-spelling-bee/

    IthacaSTEM Hexaplexes Win 18th IPEI Spelling Bee

    ICSD website highlights the Bee:



    IMG_7995Read about the 2015 Bee

    Over 300 members of the community of all ages gathered for the IPEI Adult Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 1 in the Ithaca High Wellness Center Gym. The 17th annual event featured 28 spelling teams of three adults each competing for the championship Fuzzy Bee trophy and raising $26,000 for IPEI’s grants for teachers.

    I.H.S. Bee-T-A, representing the Ithaca High School PTA, was victorious spelling “idiosyncratic” after Highway to Spell from Cayuga Radio Group misspelled it. Following four preliminary rounds with seven teams in each, four finalist teams advanced to the championship round including We Spell Krazy Good and the Bunco Bees. In addition, the Caroline Bee-tniks were recognized for having the Best Costumes and Most Spirit. The ICSD Librarians known as #icsdlibs raised the most funds for their team entry.

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