Thank You: LVA spelling bee kudos

May 13, 2001

Thirteen years of very successful spelling bees is quite a record! Literacy Volunteers of America/Imperial Valley board of directors join me in thanking all the many persons who made the event particularly successful.

Imperial Valley Press' involvement this year exceeded any other year. The quality of publicity and awareness before the bee was outstanding. The personnel working at the bee were brilliant. Joan Bush produced a delightful program from which all spectators could identify the players. David Leone, publisher, did a first-rate job as emcee, John Yanni kept the clock on target, the scribes — Teresa Zimmer and Vicki Cheatham, were amazing — and the pronouncer, Bret Kofford, memorable. Rudy Yniguez did a delightful recap of the evening for Friday's paper.

Vickie Cheatham, David Leone, LVA's Sue Nichols joined me in the planning. LVA's team of volunteers, more than 10 persons, were great in the kitchen, registration and the many details that are essential to a production of this size. Norma Noriega and Monalisa Castleberry, LVA office assistants, did a fantastic job of the Bee Bookmasters for each participant.


We thank all the organizations who sponsored their teams for literacy's benefit. Further, we are most grateful to Chromalloy Southwest, who not only sponsored their own team but assisted another team, and underwrote expenses incurred by LVA/IV. Twelve teams were the most we have had in my memory. They were exciting and fun to spend an evening with.

This year we were joined by "junior spellers." They included: Erika Fischer, Anthony Kenn, Jessica Robbins, Emilio Rentana, Jonathon Casarez, Josephine Villero, Tassa Allegranza, Sydney Heasley, Kay Davis, Keisha Crandell, Brent Herndon and Jason Barniske.

We are grateful also to Pizza Hut, Pepsi Cola, Frank Barrera sound system, Driscoll Sports, Holtville Unified School District, 5th Ave. Books, Yum Yum, Hometown Buffet, Scribbles, and the Imperial Valley Press. We thank all who attended and cheered for their teams. This year we estimate that more than 150 persons were there.


Executive director

Literacy Volunteers of America/Imperial Valley

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