For the first time in its 20-year history, the Jacksonville Literacy Council Corporate Spelling Bee ended in a tie.
The annual fundraiser was held Wednesday in the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce St., with eight teams of three vying to be this year’s spelling champions.
After a 45-minute spelling duel, the judges declared that two teams would share the title of Spelling Bee Champions for this year.
Team Gorham Accounting, with members Sonja Richey, Brittany Traylor and Randy Gorham and Austin Band-sponsored Team Gateway to American Opportunities, with members, David Emprimo, Pam Anderson and Mary Davenport won the honor.
The Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals team won this year’s spirit stick award for the most lively fans.
All the money raised from the event benefited the literacy council, which provides free GED, ESL and citizenship preparation classes to the community.
“This is a very important fundraiser,” said literacy council president Sam Hopkins. “It raises about 15 percent of our annual budget.”