The five Spellbinders
groups in Cardiff, believed to be the only ones in Wales, boast story tellers ranging from university students to great grandparents but most are older people.
The Word Sleuths were sponsored by Fitchburg State College and the Spellbinders by Orchard Hills Athletic Club.
CUTLINE: From left, members of the Lunenburg Public Library's Spellbinders team - Chriztine Folte, Rick Leslie, Kathleen Leslie, Erin Willette and Mary Ann Sudolnik, laugh at the conclusion of the spelling bee last night.
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This year's winning team was The Spellbinders
- John Reynolds, Shirley Lundberg and Anthony Poteete, all members of the Northboro/Southboro Regional School Committee.
The second-place team, the Spellbinders, from Mount Wachusett Community College, not only spelled their way to the final round but captured the Best Costume award with their Harry Potter-esque matching robes, black pointy hats, glowing wands and round black glasses.
Becky Cyganiewicz, Joe Stiso, Marsha Poor, Karen Payne and Robin Duncan made up the Spellbinders.
The word that led to the Stellar Spellers' final victory over the Spellbinders, paraparesis, was not without a little humor and controversy.
Stacey Caron, President & Co-Founder, Spellbinders
Paper Arts, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
I wanted to comprise a list of spellbinders," he said.
It is not enough to be a good communicator to be considered a spellbinder.