2013 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee Winners

A Wild and Wacky Event for a Great Cause

Kalamazoo Public Library hosts the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee to benefit Ready to Read, our early childhood literacy program. The 13th Annual Great Grown-up Spelling Bee, held Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at Western Michigan University’s Bernhard Center, was another “wildly” successful event!

We raised more than $20,000 again this year, and 100% of the proceeds will be used to purchase books for Kalamazoo County children. Fourteen wonderfully creative, enthusiastic and entertaining community teams competed for this year’s spelling and team spirit awards. Or heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who makes this event possible.

Congratulations to the 2013 Winners!

Winning Spellers:

  • First Place: Breakfast Optimist Club
  • Second Place: PNC Grow Up Great
  • Third Place: Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics

2013 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee photos | video (available soon)


Breakfast Optimist Club spellers
Photos: John Lacko

Team Spirit Awards:

  • People’s Choice: Friendship Village
  • Most Creative Cheer: Kalamazoo Public Library
  • Best Costumes: Michigan Works!
  • Most Enthusiastic Team: MLive Media Group | Kalamazoo Gazette


top: Friendship Village Cheerleaders
bottom: Kalamazoo Public Library, Michigan Works!, MLive Media Group | Kalamazoo Gazette
Photos: John Lacko

Watch the Bee on Public Media Network TV

2013 Broadcast Schedule (Charter, Channel 95)

  • Friday Nov. 15 at 9 am
  • Saturday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 pm
    Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 pm
  • Monday, Nov. 18 at 9 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 9 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12:30 pm

The Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee Features

  • Teams of eight adults: two courageous spellers and six outrageous cheerleaders
  • Two spellers compete together in two 60-second rounds of fast paced spelling
  • Six cheerleaders perform one 2-3 minute cheer in Round One
  • Prizes for best spelling, best costumes, most enthusiastic, creative cheers
  • People’s choice award
  • Event recorded by Public Media Network TV and broadcast on subsequent dates

Join the Fun!

Sponsor the Spelling Bee with a donation of any amount.

Sponsor the Bee at the Bronze $500 level or higher and you may opt to send a team to the Bee! Can’t send a team? Choose to have the library recruit a non-profit team to compete on your behalf. Learn more...