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.