Spelling bee C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N-S

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Twenty-six teams attempted to “bee” their best, but in the end, only one team would be able to buzz about winning.

The Akers Media Group team won first place at Take Stock in Children’s 12th annual Corporate Spelling Bee Fundraiser held at Lake Receptions. A team from South Sumter High School came in second, followed by third-place finisher, The CommConnection.

Take Stock in Children identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate, and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship. Local monies raised for scholarships are matched 100 percent and purchased through the Florida Prepaid Foundation.

The 2013 spelling bee raised nearly $17,000.

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