About 210 people enjoyed chili and fun during Psi Iota Xi’s second Komedy Spelling Bea & Chili Cook-off, featuring local celebrity contestants, Jan. 10.
Purdue Extension office manager Joan Rigley won the chili cook-off with her green chicken chili. Votes were determined by donations, and Rigley’s chili earned $82.51 of the $378.33 donated.
Brian Galm, a library media specialist for Brown County High School, won the spelling bee with “larynx.” Nashville United Methodist Church Pastor Mary Cartwright was runner-up among the 26 contestants.
Psi Iota Xi doubled its fundraising from the first event by earning $3,000. The money will go toward scholarships and local music, art, literature and speech and hearing needs in Brown County.
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These were some of the words that tripped up spelling bee contestants (misspelling in parentheses):
Janie Harden, activities director for Brown County Health and Living, perceive (percieve)
Tim True, Nashville police officer, schizophrenia (scitzophrenia)
Amanda Webb, musician, rappelled (repelled)
Angie Aumage, Brown County Schools occupational therapist, gerrymander (jerrymander)
Linda Margison, writer, Herculean (for not capitalizing)
Sister Eileen Flavin, St. Agnes Catholic Church parish life coordinator, aberration (aberition)
Kevin Roush, Brown County Junior High School science teacher, quadrillion (aloha)
Jim McFall, Brown County Junior High School science teacher, rambunctious (rambunctuous)
James Kakavecos, Jackson Township firefighter, extreme (exstream)
Julie Miller, Brown County High School English teacher, petroglyphs (petrigliphs)
Dave Bartlett, Career Resource Center director, obsolescent (obsolesent)
Jim Dewees, prosthetic limb designer, gluttonous (gluttenous)