Countdown to the Spelling Bee, Day 1: Can You Spell This Word?

Reaching Heights Spelling Bee reader Nancy Levin will appear in videos reading a word out loud each day leading up to the bee. Can you spell them correctly?

The 21st Annual is just about a week away.

More than 20 teams comprised of three adults each from law firms, schools, churches, colleges and cultural organizations like the Cleveland Orchestra will prove spelling bees (and fun costumes) aren't just for kids and will attempt to be the last spellers standing on stage.

But this year, Reaching Heights has a special challenge for readers who may or may not be involved in the official bee. 

Each day leading up to the event, which begins at 7 p.m. March 28 in the auditorium, Cleveland Heights Patch will feature a video of Director and reading one word selected by Reaching Heights. Some words are from , and others will be read at the 2012 event. And of course, Levin will use each in a sentence.

The first person to correctly spell the word in the comments section below will receive five free raffle tickets for a chance to win one of many prizes at the spelling bee.

To give it shot, make sure you're logged in or have signed up as a Patch user (look for the links in the top right hand corner of the homepage). Please provide your first and last name, as required by our terms of use. Then, post your comment below. The next day, we'll post the correct spelling of the word and the winner. And we'll be sure to give Reaching Heights the winners' names.

Admission to the bee is free. Raffle tickets are $1 each and $5 for 6. Teams contribute $500 to the organization to participate, and proceeds help pay for academic and music support programs for the public schools in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights .

The organization has pulled in more than $262,000 from this event for the past 20 years. To make a donation, click here.

Play the video above for today's word and try to spell it correctly below!

Michelle Simakis March 20, 2012 at 05:04 PM
No one wants to try? Come on, give it a shot!
Jean Dubail March 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Michelle Simakis March 21, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Thanks for trying, Jean! That's pretty close! Wow, we had 24 "recommends" on Facebook - where are all of these fine spellers in Cleveland Heights?
Mike Rotman March 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Spinet -- S P I N E T -- Spinet
Michelle Simakis March 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Thanks for participating, Mike! Now we can post the answer.


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