Akzo Nobel Repeats as Spelling Champs

Annual bee is fundraiser for PFCS

The Akzo Nobel Bees, a team from Akzo Nobel Chemicals in Brewster, repeated as champions of the Adult Spelling Bee organized annually since 2001 as a fundraiser by the Putnam Family and Community Services (PFCS), a private non-profit agency providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse services. Twenty-five teams vied for the trophy through 11 intense rounds.

The winning team from Akzo Nobel (photo provided)

The winning team from Akzo Nobel (photo provided)

The Akzo Nobel Bees claimed the championship by spelling  trypanosomiasis, a noun meaning “a sleeping sickness, disease caused by parasites transmitted by insects.” (It won last year with zymurgy, a noun meaning “a branch of chemistry dealing with the fermentation process.”) The Putnam Pirates from Putnam Hospital Center/Health Quest took second place, and the Akzo team and Patterson Library Ninjas were recognized with the “most enthusiastic cheerleaders.”

Other teams that donned bee costumes, capes, masks and team T-shirts included Mahopac Library, the PFCS board and staff, Camp Herrlich, Kent Fiscal Watch, the Brewster/Carmel Garden Club, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, MHA of Putnam, Patterson Rotary, the Putnam County Women’s Bar Association, Putnam Ridge and the Putnam County Department of Health.

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