The Butyraceous team took top honors at Thursday night’s annual Wellesley Education Foundation Wellesley Spelling Bee, proving to be ombrophilous, that is, able to thrive in areas of abundant rainfall (well, it was raining outside of the Sprague School gym where the event was held anyway).
The team (Stacy Braatz, Stephanie Sheps and Sarah Deschenes) beat out several dozen other 3-person squads from organizations as varied as Wellesley High’s Honor Society to the Fire Department and assorted real estate businesses. In the final round, the word “chonolith” quickly slashed 7 teams to 2, and the final 2 teams duked it out over 7 words. On the word “ombrophilous,” it first appeared both teams had missed it, but the judges upon further inspection saw that Butyraceous had it correct.
The night drew a big crowd and included fun moments, including giving the high school students the proper word “Keough” to spell, in honor of Wellesley High School principal Andrew Keough, who was in charge of the bee’s timing gong.
The Wellesley Education Foundation’s primary focus is on providing grants to educators for innovative projects at all grade levels.