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EITHER WAY: Peru Rotary Club Spellathon Announcer Bruce Embrey shows the two correct spellings of a word during the third round of the event.
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LASER FOCUSED:Teams focus on listening to Embrey announce a word before they attempt to spell it.
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DRESSING THE PART:A team of word nerds hope their costume gives them an edge in winning the spelling bee.

Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com

Miami County logophiles gathered in the gymnasium of Blair Pointe Elementary for the eighth annual Spellathon. The adult spelling bee, sponsored by the Peru Rotary Club, is meant to be a fun event that raises money for their annual Clifford and Opal Arnholt Scholarship fund, according to event volunteer Chris Wolfe.

Wolfe said this year saw 13 teams of up to five people competing, but it’s not your standard spelling bee. Each team works together to spell the words given and a proctor checks their work.

“That’s the nice thing,” she said. “They don’t have to get up in front of people individually and answer.”

Wolfe said there were door prizes, refreshments and prizes for the team with the most points, the best team name and the peer-chosen spirit award.

“We really had a good response,” she said. “It’s just fun and there’s no pressure.”

The words, announced by former Miami County Prosecutor and Circus Ringmaster Bruce Embrey, was made up of three rounds of 15 words; each correctly spelled word equalled one point.

According to Rotary Club Member Jeff Price, the event is geared toward assisting Miami County high school seniors.

“Any Miami County high school senior can apply for the scholarship,” he said. “Last year, we gave two $2000 scholarships.”

Wolfe said this year’s event raised about $3500 and there is still an annual golf outing planned for later in the year which also adds to those funds.