I recently had the opportunity to be a judge at the Spelling Bee sponsored by the Carteret Literacy Council. All three county high schools were represented as well as Beaufort and Morehead Rotary Clubs. In past years, several businesses have participated as contestants, but this year because of staff cutbacks and conflicts were not able to participate. Many businesses did sponsor the event with the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative and the Carteret News-Times being the major sponsors. Skip Waters was the Master of Ceremonies, Kelly Batchelor of Public Radio East was the pronouncer, and Mayor Joan Lamson of Pine Knoll Shores and I were judges. Special thanks go to Kelly. She had to pronounce the word and when asked had to give the definition of the word and use it in a sentence. With some words that was fairly easy, but with many words I had never heard of.
There are many good things going on in our world today and one thing is the tremendous talent of the youth in our county. Each team was comprised of three students. All were very good spellers and represented themselves well in front of a crowd. The winner was Croatan High School with a team of Trevor Brownlow, Dane Goodlin, and Alicia Hillard. Croatan High School also brought the most vocal supporters and won the spirit award.
The Carteret Literacy Council is very active and provides a great service for many in the county. They have 103 members and have 33 teams of tutors/students. In addition to tutoring one-on-one and the annual Spelling Bee, the Council also provides a new “board book” to every baby born in Carteret General Hospital and a packet of information about the importance of reading; maintains a lending library and volunteer storytellers read to the children; and they help other areas start literacy programs. If you are interested in volunteering with the Council or in making a donation, please call (252) 808-2020.
Initial construction on the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum started several years and the final phase was dedicated October 31, 2009. The museum was packed for the dedication luncheon and Senator Hagen was the guest speaker. She and her family have been long-time friends of Core Banks. Be sure to go to Harker’s Island and visit the completed museum. It will be well worth your time.
And lastly, I hope to see all of you in Emerald Isle for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day combined with Flotilla in Swansboro on Friday, and Parade in Emerald Isle on Saturday make for a great weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving all!